The determination of a question submitted. This could be a finding of fact (as in: the defendant was the one who robbed the bank) or a finding of law (as in: the defendants use of the copyrighted material was protected by the fair use doctrine). Depending on the circumstances, the finding can be made by a judge or a jury.
See Conclusion of Fact, Conclusion of Law
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
The determination by the trier of fact (judge or jury) of a factual question submitted to it for decision. Often referred to as a finding of fact. A finding of fact is distinguished from a conclusion of law, which is determined by the judge as the sole legal expert.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:16 pm