brought to trial

brought to trial

v. the act of actually beginning a trial, usually signaled by swearing in the first witness. (Not the impanelling of the jury or beginning opening statements).

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When the Stranger with a Club was brought to trial, the complainant said to the Judge:
But, though the Doctor tried hard, and never ceased trying, to get Charles Darnay set at liberty, or at least to get him brought to trial, the public current of the time set too strong and fast for him.
times, animals, fishes, reptiles and insects were brought to trial.
My poor afflicted governess was now as much concerned as I, and a great deal more truly penitent, though she had no prospect of being brought to trial and sentence.
I was put in irons, brought to trial again, and sent for life.
At daybreak the culprit was brought to trial, and promptly convicted.
That stern man had died in prison before his accusers could agree upon the charges by which he was to be brought to trial.
Pennifeather, amid the loud execrations of all Rattleborough, was brought to trial at the next criminal sessions, when the chain of circumstantial evidence(strengthened as it was by some additional damning facts, which Mr.
A time arrives when the representative of timocracy has a son: at first he begins by emulating his father and walking in his footsteps, but presently he sees him of a sudden foundering against the State as upon a sunken reef, and he and all that he has is lost; he may have been a general or some other high officer who is brought to trial under a prejudice raised by informers, and either put to death, or exiled, or deprived of the privileges of a citizen, and all his property taken from him.
Thus at the very moment that we thought that all was safe we were all four seized and brought to trial on a charge of murder,--three of us because we had held the gate that night, and the fourth because he was known to have been in the company of the murdered man.
Yes, yes," replied Dantes eagerly; "I would beg of you, who see so completely to the depths of things, and to whom the greatest mystery seems but an easy riddle, to explain to me how it was that I underwent no second examination, was never brought to trial, and, above all, was condemned without ever having had sentence passed on me?
At the time, the Paris prosecutor recommended that the company and its chief executive, Christophe de Margerie, be brought to trial.