bifurcated trial

Bifurcated Trial

One judicial proceeding that is divided into two stages in which different issues are addressed separately by the court.

A common example of a bifurcated trial is one in which the question of liability in a personal injury case is tried separately from and prior to a trial on the amount of damages to be awarded if liability is found. A bifurcated trial in such a case is advantageous because if the defendant is not found liable, there is no need to spend the money or time in the presentation of proof and witnesses on the issue of damages.

In Criminal Procedure, a bifurcated trial is useful where the issues of sanity and guilt or guilt and punishment must be decided.

bifurcated trial

noun bisection of a case, segmennation in a case, segregation in a case, separate liability and damage phases, separate quilt and insanity defense phases, separation in a case, severance in a case, split in a case, split trial, two or more hearings held, two-part trial
Associated concepts: punitive damages
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After the liability phase of a bifurcated trial, a jury found Dr.
Virginia 28 * 50 * Pennsylvania -6 -42 * Procedural variables Bifurcated trial 29 * 54 * Bouquet trial 21 * -28 Consolidation of 2-3 claims 16 * 11 Consolidation of 4-5 claims 11 * 6 Change in the Change in amount of the amount of compensatory punitive damages damages State Mississippi $1,640,000 $570,000 Texas $394,000 * $397,000 * W.
If a case that involves a request for exemplary damages goes to trial, the defendant is entitled to a bifurcated trial (19, 20).
In Green, the court left unanswered the knotty problems of whether post--trial motions could be filed after a verdict finding liability in a bifurcated trial, whether such motions would toll rendition of the verdict, what aspects of the proceedings were reviewable in an appeal from the verdict, and the like.
Decisions on other claims in the liability phase of the bifurcated trial were pending at TRIAL press time, and no date had been set for the damages phase.
com) won the liability phase of a bifurcated trial on behalf of clients Michael and Edith Burke in their civil suit for negligence against the City of San Diego.
Fujiwara, sought a bifurcated trial on the statute of limitations issue.
As a practical matter, the rule permits appeals only in the context of a "non-continuous" bifurcated trial, i.
25 million in a case involving the first successful asbestos verdict against a dental supply company, and in 2007, Weitz & Luxenberg achieved a $37 million asbestos verdict in two lung cancer cases in a reverse bifurcated trial.
In 2007, the firm secured a $37 million asbestos verdict in two lung cancer cases in a reverse bifurcated trial.
The firm is known for spearheading such asbestos cases, among others, securing a $37 million asbestos verdict in 2007 in two lung cancer cases in a reverse bifurcated trial.
The firm secured a $37 million asbestos verdict last year in two lung cancer cases in a reverse bifurcated trial.