trier of fact


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trier of fact

n. the judge or jury responsible for deciding factual issues in a trial. If there is no jury the judge is the trier of fact as well as the trier of the law. In administrative hearings, an administrative law judge, a board, commission, or referee may be the trier of fact.

See: juror
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Faced with a proffer of expert scientific testimony, the trial judge must determine under Rule 104(a) whether the expert is proposing to testify to scientific knowledge that will assist the trier of fact to understand or determine a fact in issue.
They concluded that it was a question which could best be resolved as a factual issue by a trier of fact, or jury.
The substantial evidence standard is defined as "evidence which is reasonable, credible, and of solid value - such that a reasonable trier of fact could find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
He shows how demonstrative evidence can be used to get the trier of fact to understand the facts and issues in any case.
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In Jackson, the Court held that a criminal conviction should stand unless no rational trier of fact could have" reached the same verdict.
Generally, Adler favors the jury system as a trier of fact but suggests changes to improve the process.
Monahan further acknowledged that there was enough evidence for a trier of fact to find him guilty of the charges.
The forum is presided over by a trier of fact who is independent of the taxing authority and is empowered to render a determination that is binding (absent appeal);
The panel majority held that both Kolbe's interpretation and the bank's interpretation of the contract could be found reasonable by a trier of fact, and therefore that the district court erred in dismissing the breach of contract claim.
At the Rule 98 bis stage of a trial, after the Prosecution has presented evidence but before the Defence does so, a trial chamber considers whether a reasonable trier of fact could be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt of the guilt of the accused on a particular charge.