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Sometimes there needs to be a hearing with witnesses attending to give evidence before the court can make a decision in a case. This includes when a person pleads not guilty to a criminal charge.
In the district and supreme courts, a hearing is called a trial and can sometimes involve a jury.
There is a structure for how different hearings and trials are conducted.
Find out what to expect during:
criminal hearings in the local court
criminal trials with a jury in the district or supreme court
Police vehicles outside the Liverpool courthouse.
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