bifurcated trial

bifurcated trial
/bayfarkeytad tray(a)l/ Trial of issues separately, e.g. guilt and punishment, or guilt and sanity, in criminal trial. The trial of the liability issue in a personal injury or wrongful death case separate from and prior to trial of the damages question. The advantage of so doing is that if the liability issue is determined in defendant's favor there is no need to try the damages question, which can be an involved one entailing expensive expert witnesses and other proof

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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