Fire Ordeal Law and Legal Definition

Ordeal is a form of trial in which an accused person was subjected to a dangerous or painful physical test in order to determine his/her innocence or guilt. Fire ordeal is an ordeal in which an accused person is forced to hold a piece of hot metal or to walk barefoot across a hot surface. The innocence or guilt of the accused is determined by measuring how quickly his/her hands or feet are healed. It is also known as ordeal by fire.