n. a trial wherein it is the judge, and not the jury, who decides on the verdict. This applies to legal systems where juries are not used or where the defendant is exempt from jury trial. Compare trial by jury.

BENCH TRIAL: "In a bench trial, the decision on a defendant's innocence or guilt rests with the judge."
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