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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