I answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any man before the accused meets his accusers face to face and has an opportunity to make his defense against the charges.
Festus then answered that Paul was being kept in custody at Caesarea and that he himself was about to leave shortly.
“ Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?”
“When I was informed that there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once, also instructing his accusers to bring charges against him before you.”
and if it is told you and you have heard of it, then you shall inquire thoroughly. Behold, if it is true and the thing certain that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,
then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days.
He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.
Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense: