What Is a Merit Trial in Maryland?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 9:38:47 PM ET
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A merit trial, also known as a trial on merits, focuses on the basic facts of the case. USLegal explains that the judge hears arguments and facts from both sides and decides the case on the merits of each, which is how merit trials in Maryland and throughout the United States function. In such a trial, the plaintiff has the burden of proof.