Trial Counsel Law and Legal Definition

Trial counsel means a lawyer or attorney who represents a party in trial. A trial counsel owes a duty to discover, interview, or present witnesses in support of the case that s/he prosecutes. Where a petitioner contends that trial counsel failed to discover, interview, or present witnesses in support of his/her defense, these witnesses should be presented by the petitioner at the evidentiary hearing. In military law, a trial counsel is a person who prosecutes a case on behalf of the government.