Le­gal Lingo

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

Bi­fur­ca­tion

The act of di­vid­ing a trial into two parts. Fre­quently, crim­i­nal tri­als are bi­fur­cated into guilt and sen­tenc­ing phases. Civil cases are bi­fur­cated into sep­a­rate li­a­bil­ity and damages pro­ceed­ings.

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