hear·ing n
1: a proceeding of relative formality at which evidence and arguments may be presented on the matter at issue to be decided by a person or body having decision-making authority compare trial
◇ The purpose of a hearing is to provide the opportunity for each side of a dispute, and esp. a person who may be deprived of his or her rights, to present its position. A hearing, along with notice, is a fundamental part of procedural due process. Hearings are also held, as for example by a legislature or an administrative agency, for the purpose of gathering information and hearing the testimony of witnesses.
administrative hearing: a hearing conducted by an official (as an administrative law judge) or a body (as a review board) of an administrative agency regarding an agency action and esp. an action under dispute
confirmation hearing
1: a hearing conducted by the U.S. Senate to examine a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court
◇ Article II of the U.S. Constitution provides for presidential appointment of Supreme Court justices “by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.”
2: a hearing held in a bankruptcy case prior to the confirmation of a proposed bankruptcy plan
discharge hearing: a hearing in a bankruptcy case in which a debtor is informed that his or her discharge has been granted or is told the reasons why it has not been granted
fair hearing: a hearing that is conducted impartially and in accordance with due process and for which the defendant has reasonable opportunity to prepare, the assistance of counsel, the right to present evidence, the opportunity to cross-examine adverse witnesses, and often the right to a jury
fat·i·co hearing /'fa-ti-kō-/: a hearing sometimes held prior to the sentencing of a convicted criminal at which the parties may offer evidence as to appropriate sentencing
Franks hearing /'fraŋks-/: a hearing to determine whether statements made by police officers in an affidavit that was used to obtain a search warrant by which evidence incriminating the defendant was found are false and constitute perjury or reckless disregard for the truth
Hunt·ley hearing /'hənt-lē-/: a Jackson-Denno hearing in the form of procedure used in New York
Jack·son–Den·no hearing /'jak-sən-'de-nō-/: a hearing to determine if a confession or statements made by a defendant were given involuntarily and so should be suppressed as evidence
Mapp hearing /'map-/: a hearing to determine whether evidence should be suppressed on the ground that it was obtained as the result of an illegal search and seizure
preliminary hearing: a hearing held after a criminal defendant's first appearance in court esp. for the purpose of determining whether there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the felony with which he or she is charged – called also preliminary examination, probable cause hearing;
pre·ter·mi·na·tion hearing /prē-ˌtər-mə-'nā-shən-/: a hearing held prior to the termination of a property interest (as employment or a benefit)
probable cause hearing: preliminary hearing in this entry
reaffirmation hearing: a hearing in a bankruptcy case at which a debtor may reaffirm dischargeable debts
◇ The reaffirmation hearing and discharge hearing are usu. held simultaneously.
suppression hearing: a hearing held in a criminal case to determine the admissibility of evidence that the defendant seeks to suppress see also motion to suppress at motion
taint hearing: a hearing held in a criminal case to determine if the prosecution's evidence is inadmissible because of some taint (as because it was obtained through procedures that violated the defendant's constitutional rights)
valuation hearing: a hearing held in a bankruptcy case to determine the value of the debtor's property in which a creditor claims a lien or security interest
Wade hearing /'wād-/: a hearing in a criminal case to determine whether a witness's identification of the defendant (as in court or in a lineup) is tainted (as because of unfairly suggestive procedures) and therefore inadmissible as evidence
2: a trial in equity practice

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun action, case at law, close inquiry, cognitio, contest, examination, exhaustive inquiry, formal proceeding, formal questioning, inquest, inquiry, inquisition, interrogation, investigation, judicial examination, judicial investigation, legal proceedings, legal trial, litigation, presentation of arguments and evidence, presentation of testimony, probe, public inquest, public proceeding, searching inquiry, strict inquiry, trial, trial at the bar, trial by jury, trial in court associated concepts: adjudicative hearing, adversary hearing, de novo hearing, default hearing, due process, fair and impartial hearing, fair hearing, final hearing, formal hearing, full hearing, hearing on damages, hearing on the merits, interlocutory hearing, judicial hearing, notice of hearing, preliminary hearing, public hearing, statutory hearing, suppression hearing, traverse foreign phrases:
- Qui aiiquid statuerit, parte inaudita altera, aequum licet dixerit, baud aequum fecerit. — He who decides anything without hearing both sides, although he may decide correctly, has by no means acted justly
II index action (proceeding), day in court, inquest, inquiry (request for information), inquiry (systematic investigation), interview, parley, proceeding, range, session, trial (legal proceeding)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A legal proceeding, usually less formal than a trial, in which the parties to a case are given an opportunity to present evidence and testimony to a judge or other official who determines the facts and makes a decision based on the evidence presented.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Any proceeding before a judge or other qualified hearing officer without a jury, in which evidence and argument is presented to determine some issue of fact or both issues of fact and law. The term usually refers to a brief court session that resolves a specific question before a full trial takes place, or to such specialized proceedings as administrative hearings. In criminal law, a "preliminary hearing" is held before a judge to determine whether the prosecutor has presented sufficient evidence that the accused has committed a crime to hold him/her for trial.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 In litigation or administrative procedure, any proceeding in which the parties have the opportunity to present evidence or testimony to the court or fact-finder.
2 In legislation, a session at which legislators hear witnesses on the advisability or efficacy of proposed legislation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A legal proceeding where an issue of law or fact is tried and evidence is presented to help determine the issue.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A legal proceeding where an issue of law or fact is tried and evidence is presented to help determine the issue.
II A formal proceeding (generally less formal than a trial) with definite issues of law or of fact to be heard. Hearings are used extensively by legislative and administrative agencies.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   any proceeding before a judge or other magistrate (such as a hearing officer or court commissioner) without a jury in which evidence and/or argument is presented to determine some issue of fact or both issues of fact and law. While technically a trial with a judge sitting without a jury fits the definition, a hearing usually refers to brief sessions involving a specific question at some time prior to the trial itself, or such specialized proceedings as administrative hearings. In criminal law, a "preliminary hearing" is held before a judge to determine whether the prosecutor has presented sufficient evidence that the accused has committed a crime to hold him/her for trial.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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