Adversarial System

Definition - What does Adversarial System mean?

The term "adversarial system" refers to the type of system that is used in courts in America. In this system, two parties (or adversaries) in a civil or criminal case make opposing arguments. The purpose of this system is to allow each party to be able to argue their side of the story.

Justipedia explains Adversarial System

In an adversarial system, many parties in a lawsuit hire lawyers to argue their cases for them.

Generally, in court cases in an adversarial system, opposing parties are trying to prove the opposite point. Witnesses, evidence and other support for arguments are often used by parties in an adversarial system in order to try to prove their argument. At the end of a court case, a judge or a jury will make a ruling on the case.

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