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For 'hearing' as a bodily sense, see Hearing (sense).

A hearing is a formal proceeding (generally less formal than a trial) with definite issues of legal terms or of fact to be heard. Hearings are used extensively by legislative and administrative agencies.

In Congress, a hearing is a meeting of a committee or subcommittee—generally open to the public—to take testimony in order to gather information and opinions on proposed legislation, to conduct an investigation, or review the operation or other aspects of a Federal agency or program.[1]


  1. [1] US Senate Reference