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In a civil case what are the differences between a hearing or a trial?

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What are the differences between a hearing and a trial with the judge in a civil matter?
Are there different types of hearings? What type would be used to have the parties and witnesses testify about the events? Or would that be a trial?

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What you describe would be called by most civil litigators as a trial.

That said, I have heard some attorneys and many lay persons refer to 'trials' as 'hearings'. That is not so commonly interchanged in criminal courts where hearings often related to sentencing.

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