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▪ It was also pointed out that civil jury trial was available in the Court of Session but not in the sheriff court.
▪ No one knew whether the civil jury would hold the former football star liable for two brutal murders.
▪ The civil jury also heard testimony from Simpson himself, who insisted he did not commit the murders.
▪ Why did the civil jury come to a conclusion opposite to that of the criminal jury more than a year ago?
▪ This, most likely, is what the federal grand jury currently is looking into.
▪ Not until 1717 did he appear in print, with a grand jury charge denouncing Jacobites.
▪ They have said they expect to bring additional charges after a federal grand jury meets next Wednesday to review the evidence.
▪ The grand jury had earlier indicted four officers who participated in the assault.
▪ Not whether the grand jury was wise in its indictment.
▪ More indictments are expected this year from a few grand juries that continue to investigate other public fraud schemes.
▪ The grand jury also named President Nixon as a co-conspirator, though he was not indicted.
▪ Proceso said the documents will be among the evidence presented to a federal grand jury in Texas beginning March 10.
▪ But he never even qualified as a gynaecologist, the Old Bailey jury heard.
▪ An Old Bailey jury that included nine women found Sheila Beeson, 29, not guilty of child cruelty.
▪ But, the Old Bailey jury heard yesterday, all the claims were lies.
▪ When Mr Lavender turned into an alley the pair followed him, the Old Bailey jury was told.
▪ The criminal trial jury was mostly black.
▪ If the city had agreed to the original jury award, it would have paid Jodzis just $ 60, 000.
▪ Perhaps if our judges were paid more, they would resent large jury awards less.
▪ Limiting excessive jury awards is a good thing, but this went too far.
▪ Large jury awards are making a mockery of the justice system, we are told.
▪ But he never even qualified as a gynaecologist, the Old Bailey jury heard.
▪ An Old Bailey jury that included nine women found Sheila Beeson, 29, not guilty of child cruelty.
▪ But, the Old Bailey jury heard yesterday, all the claims were lies.
▪ When Mr Lavender turned into an alley the pair followed him, the Old Bailey jury was told.
▪ His eyes rarely left the jury box except occasionally to peer down at his notes.
▪ The jury box is set off by a walnut rail and descending baubles, round spheres of beautifully grained wood.
▪ Reporters and court personnel occupied the jury box.
▪ He approached the rail of the jury box.
▪ To judge from the High Court jury, not much.
▪ The reporters were each awarded £ 150,000 by the High Court jury.
▪ The inquest jury returned an open verdict because of conflicting evidence.
▪ The inquest jury was only able to say John Newton died accidentally by falling through a carriage door.
▪ After initial indecision, the inquest jury delivered a verdict of lawful killing.
▪ Read in studio An inquest jury has returned an open verdict on the death of a baby girl killed at a playgroup.
▪ The inquest jury viewed a ten minute video showing the scene of the shooting.
▪ At the end of a four-hour hearing, the inquest jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure.
▪ All jury members felt that curtains, particularly of such elegant stuff, are long overdue for a comeback.
▪ Outside the court some defendants were congratulated by jury members.
▪ Only six of the 352 people in the jury pool were questioned in the initial seven hours of court proceedings.
▪ Their likely argument would be that massive publicity of the McVeigh proceedings had poisoned the jury pool in Colorado.
▪ By the way, most women are very ill at ease when you call them out from the jury pool.
▪ Report back to the jury pool.
▪ On the first day of jury selection, the Washington Post's man was disappointed.
▪ The first begins Monday with jury selection.
▪ It has already ruled that race should play no part in jury selection.
▪ The judge said he hopes to begin jury selection next week.
▪ Trial is set to begin Nov. 12, although jury selection is expected to last more than a month.
▪ He also has sealed transcripts of the entire jury selection process, even the sessions held in open court.
▪ Jury consultants say they now spend more time teaching storytelling techniques than on jury selection -- formerly their bread and butter.
▪ The judge has dismissed at least a half-dozen defense requests for a mistrial since jury selection began last September.
▪ This applied to the courts, and 6000 citizens so chosen had to be available for jury service during each year.
▪ People who want to get out of jury service usually find a way.
▪ You should therefore attend for jury service per your citation.
▪ And when citizens are called to jury service, most will not forget.
▪ Jury service: a case study A valuable case study of this whole argument is the matter of jury service.
▪ Jury Service Leave of absence with pay is granted to all employees who are required to attend jury service.
▪ The court, still crowded with about 78 people cited for jury service, was adjourned on both occasions.
▪ Two-thirds of those summoned for jury service do not turn up, some making their excuses, some not bothering.
▪ As far as I could discern none of the courts operates on any form of jury system.
▪ The commission is studying the results of its own research into the jury system.
▪ Sometimes the jury system does not work....
▪ The Auld review will also contain a series of recommendations aimed at strengthening the jury system.
▪ Intel said the decision overturning the jury verdict in its favour will have little impact on the 80486 market.
▪ I accept full responsibility for the jury verdict.
▪ It had no jurisdiction to undermine the jury verdict in this way.
▪ Now, an expected appeal of the jury verdict could drag on for months.
▪ Though associates said Simpson will appeal the jury verdicts returned this week, that could be difficult.
▪ The jury retired to consider its verdict in the trial of Harold Shipman, the family doctor accused of killing 15 patients.
▪ The jury considered the matter for many days and have reached their verdict.
▪ The judge has been summing up the case against Harper and the jury will consider the case against him tomorrow.
▪ If the jury were to consider the handling account first they would reach the conclusion that he was guilty of the robbery.
▪ Judge Richard Groves discharged the jury after it had considered the case for more than six hours.
▪ The jury also had to consider the accuracy of a reconstruction of events prior to the accident.
▪ Several men were convicted by a jury even though the evidence which was laid before the court to support the charge was inconsistent.
▪ He was convicted by a jury on all counts and sentenced to 41 months in prison.
▪ The judge is there to hold the ring impartially and to direct the jury on the law.
▪ The Court of Appeal quashed the conviction because the judge had directed the jury in Caldwell terms.
▪ The trial judge did not so direct the jury.
▪ He directed the jury to return verdicts of not guilty, which they did.
▪ Just a few hours before the verdict he told Central News that he believed the jury would find him not guilty.
▪ After a three-month trial, the jury found Bonin guilty of 14 murders.
▪ The jury did not find that Saab acted maliciously or with oppression, however, and refused to award punitive damages.
▪ And, the jury heard, they found one.
▪ People who want to get out of jury service usually find a way.
▪ The wording is nonsense because two different juries can find the same material obscene and not obscene.
▪ Even when a jury found willful conduct, that decision did not follow a murder trial.
▪ The trial - if there is a contested case it will be heard before a jury.
▪ You folks, I dunno what you folks' ve heard about grand juries.
▪ Browning's defence lawyer says this and other evidence could have been crucial if heard by the trial jury.
▪ The case is being heard by an all-white jury.
▪ The trial is expected to be heard before another jury in the near future.
▪ After an initial hung jury, the Sweets were acquitted.
▪ The brothers' first trial ended with hung juries in 1994.
▪ Likewise, it is constitutionally acceptable to have a second trial after a first ends in a hung jury.
▪ The first trial ended in hung juries.
▪ The Chengs' trial ended in a hung jury last April.
▪ More disturbing questions have to do with those who serve on juries.
▪ Demi Moore stars as Annie, an artist who is naively eager to serve on the jury of a high-profile murder trial.
▪ Years later, he sat on a Maryland jury, a post usually still kept for Christians.
▪ Charles Lindbergh sat close to the jury, staring at the accused.
▪ The mostly white jurors who actually sat in the jury room, insisted that race had played no part in their decision.
▪ The prosecution, by tradition, will sit nearer the jury.
▪ He told the jury that his computers were normally used only by doctors around the world.
▪ He went into court and told the jury he was guilty.
▪ He told the jury he had no recollection of the crash.
▪ They told a jury Tuesday of these residual symptoms after assaults by Richard Allen Davis.
▪ He told the jury that the crime was motiveless and in no way premeditated.
▪ I told my audiences that it was all right to tell the jury the truth.
▪ George tells the jury he will not insult their intelligence by developing a point any further, then develops it.
▪ Mr Wakerley told the jury that Sams kidnapped Julie Dart by pretending to be a client.
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jury/military/community etc service
▪ Doing jury service could be one of them.
▪ He envisaged combining farming and family life with military service in idyllic rural settlements.
▪ He was fined $ 250 and required to perform community service.
▪ Like the House measure, the Senate bill requires public housing residents to contribute eight hours of community service a month.
▪ Normally feudal grants were made within the Patrimony and the Papal State in return for military service.
▪ The offer included a $ 250 fine, community service and domestic violence counseling.
▪ What will be attempted is a sketched framework for the illumination of community service profiles.
▪ Are people with criminal records allowed to sit on a jury?
▪ Broderick's first trial last year ended in a hung jury.
▪ Have you ever been on a jury?
▪ I have been called for jury duty twice.
▪ The jury awarded Hayes $3.5 million in damages.
▪ The jury was made up of seven women and five men.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Jury \Ju"ry\, a. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) For temporary use; -- applied to a temporary contrivance.

Jury rudder, a rudder constructed for temporary use.


Jury \Ju"ry\, n.; pl. Juries. [OF. jur['e]e an assize, fr. jurer to swear, L. jurare, jurari; akin to jus, juris, right, law. See Just,a., and cf. Jurat, Abjure.]

  1. (Law) A body of people, selected according to law, impaneled and sworn to inquire into and try any matter of fact, and to render their true verdict according to the evidence legally adduced. In criminal trials the number of such persons is usually twelve, but in civil cases and in grand juries it may different. See Grand jury under Grand, and Inquest.

    The jury, passing on the prisoner's life.

  2. A committee for determining relative merit or awarding prizes at an exhibition or competition; as, the art jury gave him the first prize.

    Jury of inquest, a coroner's jury. See Inquest.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c. (attested from late 12c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French juree (late 13c.), from Medieval Latin iurata "an oath, an inquest," fem. past participle of Latin iurare "to swear," from ius (genitive iuris) "law" (see jurist). Meaning "body of persons chosen to award prizes at an exhibition" is from 1851. Grand jury attested from early 15c. in Anglo-French (le graund Jurre).


"temporary," 1610s, in jury-mast, a nautical term for a temporary mast put in place of one broken or blown away, of uncertain origin. The word perhaps is ultimately from Old French ajurie "help, relief," from Latin adjutare (see aid (n.)).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context legal English) A group of individuals chosen from the general population to hear and decide a case in a court of law. 2 A group of judge in a competition. vb. To judge by means of a jury. Etymology 2

  1. (context nautical English) For temporary use; applied to a temporary contrivance.

  1. n. a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law

  2. a committee appointed to judge a competition [syn: panel]


A jury is a sworn body of people convened to render an impartial verdict (a finding of fact on a question) officially submitted to them by a court, or to set a penalty or judgment. Modern juries tend to be found in courts to ascertain the guilt, or lack thereof, in a crime. In Anglophone jurisdictions, the verdict may be guilty or not guilty ( not proven; a verdict of acquittal, based on the state's failure to prove guilt rather than any proof of innocence, is also available in Scotland). The old institution of grand juries still exists in some places, particularly the United States, to investigate whether enough evidence of a crime exists to bring someone to trial.

The modern criminal court jury arrangement has evolved out of the medieval juries in England. Members were supposed to inform themselves of crimes and then of the details of the crimes. Their function was therefore closer to that of a grand jury than that of a jury in a trial.

Jury (disambiguation)

A jury is a body of persons convened to render a verdict in a legal situation, except in Louisiana, where the Police Jury describes the county government.

Jury may also refer to:

  • Juried (competition): a juried competition of literary or artistic works
  • Al Jury, American football official
  • Bob Jury, American football player
  • Chris Jury, English actor, director and writer
  • Eliahu I. Jury, American engineer
  • Ernie Jury, New Zealand lawn bowler
  • Hugo Jury, Austrian Nazi
  • Jury, Moselle, France
Jury (TV series)

Jury is a Canadian reality television miniseries which aired on CBC Television in 1974.

Usage examples of "jury".

Equally consistent with the requirements of due process is a statutory procedure whereby a prosecutor of a case is adjudged liable for costs, and committed to jail in default of payment thereof, whenever the court or jury, after according him an opportunity to present evidence of good faith, finds that he instituted the prosecution without probable cause and from malicious motives.

Thus it was foreshadowed that the law of the land and the due process of law clauses, which were originally inserted in our constitutions to consecrate a specific mode of trial in criminal cases, to wit, the grand jury, petit jury process of the common law, would be transformed into a general restraint upon substantive legislation capable of affecting property rights detrimentally.

Thure in a whisper to Bud, as the alcalde, having completed the tale of the jury, again turned to them.

To accord to the accused a right to be tried by a jury, in an appellate court, after he has been once fully tried otherwise than by a jury, in the court of original jurisdiction, and sentenced to pay a fine or be imprisoned for not paying it, does not satisfy the requirements of the Constitution.

Unlike mediation, arbitration requires you to give up control of your dispute to the arbitrator, who takes the place of judge and jury.

As he listened to the staccato picking and arpeggiated runs of the song, Jury thought that anonymity was not that hard to come by.

Court repeated this assertion, in connection with the denial to a defendant accused of a murder of the same opportunity during the critical period between his arraignment and the impaneling of the jury.

Referenced and cross-referenced, each of these audit trails dealt with a particular asset a car, a property, a bank account, a business -proving to any jury that real ownership, behind a thousand financial transactions and a small army of relatives, friends, and professional advisers, still lay with Mackenzie.

As the case was tried by an arbitrator and not a jury, my task was easy, arbitrators not being so likely to be befooled as the other form of tribunal.

They charged further that you were behaving as a king, whilst styling yourself a duke, in these places by conducting criminal trials, rendering judgement without juries and executing sentences of death.

Arkansas was one of five states at the time that held such bifurcated, or two-phased, trials, in which juries decide both guilt and sentencing.

They did not even bother to heave the Biter to, just handed spokes to bring her to the shake, so cranky was she under bodged-up head sails a jury staysail instead of fore course and her brig sail Shockhead was popular but men died, that was the general attitude: he should have kept his eyes aloft, and not sailed with such a drunken crew.

Well, the medical evidence showed that there was nothing to rule out the probability of suicide, and although the pathologist thought the wound was too deep to have been self-inflicted, the coroner told the jury to disregard that and the inquest will be resumed on those lines, especially as the pathologist himself could find no rational significance in the depth of the wound and was forced to agree that if Bosey had fallen on the knife, that would explain matters.

His edicts when he published them were most imposing: no one would be uninspected, no one would be cosseted, no one would buy his way out with bribery, the jury roster would smell sweeter than a bank of violets in Campania.

The Minerve now had jury topmasts and the Nereide something in the way of a main and a mizen, while caulkers and carpenters were busy about them both: the Iphigenia had already sailed.