A lot of people panned Trial by Jury, but I think it was a perfect fit for the rest of the franchise. Law and Order show the police investigation and then the trial. SVU and CI delt more with the investigation and a lot less of the trial. It only made sence to have a L&O that focused on the trial.
I especially like Bebe Neuworth and Kirk Acevedo on this show. They are two very strong actors that really drove the show. It also starred Jerry Orbach (albeit only two episodes)before his untimely death.
I know a lot of L&O fans didn't care for this one, but in my opinion it was a hell of a lot better than Conviction.