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Definition of Trial Court

The trial court is the first court to hear a case, and its goal is to discover the facts of the case. Trial courts differ from appellate courts in that the appellate courts do not examine the facts of the case but rather they only decide if each party received a fair trial and whether the judge applied the law properly in the case.

There are certain steps to prepare for trial such as reviewing the complaint and understanding the evidence needed to prove your civil claim, calling witnesses, reviewing case law, preparing subpoenas, and determining if you can settle your case prior to trial. Many claimants decide to hire personal injury lawyers to handle their injury cases and argue their cases in trial court.

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