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: one that tries to determine the facts of a case, situation, or relationship: as
a : an impartial examiner designated by a government agency to appraise the facts underlying a particular matter (as a labor dispute)
b : trier of fact
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.