Vail Daily column: Hearings and trials

6th August, 2014 by

By Edward Stoner

Trials and hearings. What’s the diff? Yes, precisely. Aren’t they sort of the same thing? Well, yes. And no. Sort of. But not exactly. Well, then … Let’s vivisect, then reassemble. What, exactly, is a hearing? The law defines a hearing as “a proceeding of relative formality (though generally less formal than a trial) … ” Hmmm. You see this sort of circular firing squad in law sometimes, a “this isn’t that” kind of definition which doesn’t always get you that much farther down the road. When I was a young lawyer — in the days before the Internet and …

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