Joint Trial Law and Legal Definition

Joint trial is the conduct of trial of two or more actions jointly, when a common question of law or fact exists in those actions. A court may order joint trial when separate cases can be tried together, as though brought in a single indictment, if all offenses and all defendants could be joined in a single indictment. While jointly tried, actions will not be merged. They remain separate and distinct and may result in one or more verdicts and judgments.