One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of an offense) liable to a judicial trial.
- ‘The s. 4 offence is triable either way, with a maximum penalty of five years.’
- ‘Those offences considered least serious are summary offences, triable only in the magistrates' courts.’
- ‘The court might then dismiss the motion, rule that there were only certain issues that needed a full hearing or decide that there were no triable issues regarding the entire application.’
- ‘By section 33 of the Act, breach of this duty is punishable as a criminal offence, triable both summarily and on indictment.’
- ‘Many offences are triable either way.’
- 1.1 (of a case or issue) able to be investigated and decided judicially.
- ‘I am satisfied these paragraphs raise triable issues.’
- ‘In such a case there is simply no triable issue of provocation.’
- ‘Mr Thorley submitted that there is a ‘good triable action on both sides on all issues.’’
- ‘Leave was granted for the bringing of this motion by Justice Cullity and it is for me to decide whether or not there is a triable issue such as to get this matter to proceed.’
- ‘The onus of establishing that there is no triable issue is on the moving party, in this case the purchaser.’
- ‘The question that I have to decide is whether there is a triable issue and whether the facts alleged by the plaintiff are sufficient to justify the case proceeding further.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French trier ‘sift’ (see try).
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