Definition - What does Hearing mean?

A hearing is a proceeding in which evidence is presented in order to decide matters of fact. Hearings are very similar to trials except they are less formal. However, similar to trials, hearings are convened in order to evaluate an issue and to decide whether or not a person should be held responsible for that issue.

Justipedia explains Hearing

There are three different types of hearings; legislative, judicial, and administrative. Legislative hearings primarily serve the purpose of gaining an understanding of public opinion on a certain matter. Judicial hearings primarily serve the purpose of helping the process of justice be served, or otherwise aiding the legal system. Finally, administrative hearings primarily serve the purpose of making rules, or evaluating different rules that have already been made. In any case, the goal of the hearing is to reach a conclusion, or a decision, based on the evaluation of presented facts.

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