on trial

idiom

: in a situation in which evidence against one is presented in a court to a judge and often a jury to decide if one is guilty of a crime
on trial for murder
She went on trial for possession of drugs.
sometimes used figuratively to indicate that people will think about something in a critical way
The controversial case has put the entire health-care system on trial.

Examples of on trial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outside a courthouse in Kharkiv where Dmytro was on trial for treason, his father, Eduard Logvinov, dialed a number for Maksim, the handler. Kostiantyn Khudov, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Do Kwon, who co-founded one of the projects responsible for the 2022 crypto crash, was arrested in Montenegro last year and is on trial for fraud. Will Gottsegen, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 The restrictions against James Crumbley, who is on trial on four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the killings, were enacted in response to a prosecutor’s desire to discuss an unspecified issue in open court. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 Her character Hanna enjoys a summer affair with a teenage boy (David Kross), who some years later is a law student horrified to find his brief love is now on trial for her war crimes as a Nazi guard at Auschwitz. 14. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2024 An Oakland man on trial in the killing of his ex-girlfriend cut through a lap restraint and attacked his attorney with a pen, then lunged toward the prosecutor, creating a chaotic courtroom scene Monday as a Contra Costa County jury watched, officials said. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 These people are on trial for trying to steal an election in 2020. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2024 The former president is scheduled to go on trial in New York on March 25 on charges of falsifying business records in connection with a hush payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Katherine Faulders, ABC News, 14 Mar. 2024 Halls, the safety coordinator on set, told jurors that weapons supervisor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who is on trial on charges of manslaughter and evidence tampering, twice handed the revolver to Baldwin. CBS News, 1 Mar. 2024

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“On trial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20trial. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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