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A court hearing on the settlement is scheduled for May 30

Can I replace "hearing" with trial?

Thanks in advance
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New2grammarA court hearing on the settlement is scheduled for May 30

Can I replace "hearing" with trial?

Thanks in advance
Not in general. I'm no expert but I know that you can have a "hearing" that is not a "trial".
Hi,

In casual speech, yes, but I think there are legal subtleties here. For example, you can apply to a court for an injunction. Your application will receive a hearing, but no trial is involved. Another example is a bail hearing, where again there is no trial at that time.

It's also redundant to say 'a court trial', because a trial normally involves a court.

Best wishes, Clive
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Could you shed some light on the difference?
A trial may last several days and over this time there will be court hearings
I think Court Sitting can be used to mean Court Hearing - although you would say I have to attend a court hearing (not a court sitting)
So court hearing is a moment when the court is in session to hear a particular, or part of a particular case
New2grammarCould you shed some light on the difference?
You're on your own on this. Here are a couple of links to get you started:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_(law )
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearing_%28law%29
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New2grammarA court hearing on the settlement is scheduled for May 30
In this instance the Court has heard all the evidence, and judgement has been passed. We do not know how many court hearings were needed to reach this stage.
The next scheduled hearing is to determine what payments, damages and costs, if any are to be paid by either party
RayHI know that you can have a "hearing" that is not a "trial"
This is also true - for example - the parties meet at court, the opening papers are read to the court, but then parties decide to reach an agreement and the matter is ended by an out of court settlemen.
Or the accused (in the case of a criminal trial, also known as criminal proceedings) may decide to plead guilty at the first hearing, effectively ending the need for the trial, although there would be a further hearing for sentence to be passed.
Thanks, RayH. I have no problem understanding trial. However, all I could understand about hearing was it's less formal and shorter. The rest was way beyond my vocabulary to be able to comprehand. Probably as time goes on, I'll understand it more.

Thanks again for the links.
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