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fact finder (finder of fact)

n. in a trial of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution, the jury or judge (if there is no jury) who decides if facts have been proven. Occasionally a judge may appoint a "special master" to investigate and report on the existence of certain facts. (See: question of fact)

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Schutte, "how does a party get his or her story across any better with 12 finders of fact instead of one?
Chiero and that the question of his sanity was "a matter for a trial jury as finders of facts.