Brought to trial

Brought to trial

Brought to trial means to calendar a legal case for a hearing, or to bring a defendant to the bar of justice. The simplest definition is "the commencement of the trial in a court by formally calling and swearing in of the witnesses to initiate the trial proceedings." [ [ Legal explanations web site] ] Fact|date=November 2007 However, much like Pro-rata, it has several different, ambiguous meanings and examples used in the law. To bring to trial is when the process is ongoing.

Political, war, and other infamous crimes

Most often, the terms brought to trial, bring to trial, brought to justice and bring to justice refer to the prosecution at trial of alleged war criminals [ [ B'TSelem Press Release about bringing to trial those Palestinians responsible for alleged war crimes] ] and political prisoners, [ [ Amnesty International Press Release about Haitian political prisoners] ] [ [ Amnesty International press release about Vietnamese dissident to be brought to trial] ] as well as those accused of treason or misprision of treason, sexual assult, and other infamous crimes. [ [ Court TV article mentioning "Brought to trial" in context] ] [ [ "Draft Dodgers Brought to Trial"] ] [ [ Article about Jose Padilla being brought to trial] ]

peedy trial

In some cases, the context of the term actually indicates a speedy trial issue, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. [2007 California Rules of Court, Rule 8.913, found at [ California Rules of Court] ] [Nebraska statutes, found at [] ] [Idaho statutes section 19-3501, found at [ Idaho state web site] ] [New York Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) section 30.30, found at [ NY State web site] ]

Related terms

A number of related terms and meanings exist:
* "Arraign, litigate, lodge, bring a complaint, bring to view evidence, exhibit, manifest and bring together, [and] accumulate." [Burton, W.C.. "Burton's Legal Thesaurus, p. 597.]
* "Lawsuit, suit, suit in law, suit at law, litigation, prosecution, bring a case before the court or bar, [and] bring to justice." [Chapman, R.L. & Chapman, P.M. (1989). "Roget's International Thesaurus," p. 767.]
* To "call to the bar, ... take silk, take to the law, bring to the bar, put on trial, pull up, accuse, ... file a claim, [and] inform against." [Grumley, C.P. (n.d.) "Roget's Thesaurus," p. 977.]
* When the parties in an mediation or settlement conference can not come to an alternate dispute resolution, the action is brought to trial.Fact|date=November 2007


ee also

* Alternate dispute resolution
* Arbitration
* Defendant
* Dispute resolution
* Legal proceedings - a disambiguation page
* Mediation
* Nuremberg Trials
* Party Participation in the Mediation Process
* Settlement
* Settlement conference
* Summary Jury Trial
* Trial (law)

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