fact finder

Also found in: Dictionary, Financial, Wikipedia.

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: finder of fact, question of fact)

References in periodicals archive ?
The claim is that there are objective but variable standards of justification for knowledge and that one factor in this variability is the kind of information presented to the fact finder.
Fact Finder on how higher taxes chase away people, jobs, and wealth; and
But officials said Sunday that Wesson, who was acting as a fact finder in the negotiations, imposed the blackout and was continuing to insist on it.
Gee's Finance Fact Finder might help you to find answers to such questions.
According to a 1998 state fact finder issued by Congressional Quarterly, more toxic chemicals are released per person in Montana than anywhere else in the U.
When presenting or cross-examining a fact witness, the objective is to capture the attention of the fact finder while skillfully eliciting evidence that supports the client's theory of the case.
The court found the Lewises had enough evidence to convince a fact finder at trial that their envelope was postmarked on April 15, 1993.
The Fido Fact Finder survey for Dogs Today magazine also gives lovers some paws for thought.
Today, mobile application innovator WHDC LLC launched a free, comprehensive nutrition fact finder for cell phones, PDAs and all mobile devices with Internet (WAP) connections.
No other changes to the existing contract were suggested by the fact finder.
Cheifetz, "Causative Snark", supra note 8 ("The common sense method does not mean that the fact finder may consider [propositions] that are not in evidence" at 35).