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a fair hearing

The chance to present one's argument or explanation about an alleged crime or wrongdoing, especially in a courtroom. All we ask is for a fair hearing—to present our evidence without prejudice by judge or jury.
See also: fair, hearing
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a fair ˈhearing

the opportunity for somebody to give their point of view about something before deciding if they have done something wrong, often in a court of law: I’ll see that you get a fair hearing.
See also: fair, hearing
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The emergence of the right to a fair hearing effectively halted further evolution of what a public benefits recipient's "opportunity to be heard" entails.
THE COURT OF APPEALS OF MICHIGAN AFFIRMED THE ORDER OF THE TRIAL COURT THAT DR NARAYAN WAS ENTITLED TO A HEARING The court agreed with the doctor's contention that he was entitled to a fair hearing both as to the suspension and also as to the conditions imposed on his privileges, once the period of the initial suspension had passed.
Even when one is dealing with an alleged terrorist, account has to be taken of any fair legal system that he or she is an alleged terrorist and insofar as any procedure exists, as it does, in this country and in other countries, to determine whether it is appropriate to detain somebody, to keep them in prison and behind bars, the Convention requires that there should be a fair hearing.
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Under the fair hearing process, where the executive sits in judgment of itself, having its agent decide who should win, in at least 90 percent of cases, the decision was in the agency's favor.
The group said asylum-seekers are suffering from inhumane conditions and are not getting a fair hearing on refugee claims.
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Thai foreign ministry spokesman Tharit Charungvat said in a statement yesterday that Bout "shall be entitled to due process and fair hearing under the law of Thailand".
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The Court of First Instance of the European Court of Justice finds that certain fundamental rights and safeguards, such as the right to a fair hearing, the obligation to state reasons for a decision, and the right of effective judicial protection, apply to a Community decision to freeze funds.
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