Trials, Court Hearings, Appeals
A trial is a formal examination of evidence before a court in order to settle a dispute between different parties. Trials can be held for common family law issues like divorce, custody, and paternity proceedings.
A court hearing, similar to a trial, is a proceeding that takes place before a court or some other decision maker. What distinguishes a court hearing from a trial is that it is typically shorter and less formal than a trial.
An appeal is the process in which cases are reviewed where parties request a formal change to an official decision. Appeals function both as a process for error correction as well as a process of clarifying and interpreting law. An appeal can be made to show that the trial court made a legal error that affected the decision in the case.
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