Definitions for: Jury


[n] a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
[n] a committee appointed to judge a competition



Webster (1913) Definition: Ju"ry, a. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.)
For temporary use; -- applied to a temporary contrivance.

Jury mast, a temporary mast, in place of one that has been
carried away, or broken.

Jury rudder, a rudder constructed for temporary use.


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 men, usually twelve, 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. See Grand jury under
Grand, and Inquest.

The jury, passing on the prisoner's life. -- Shak.

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.

Synonyms: panel

See Also: blue ribbon jury, body, commission, committee, court, grand jury, hung jury, judicature, juror, juryman, jurywoman, petit jury, petty jury, special jury, tribunal

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Famous Quotes Containing Jury:


A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes (American Writer)

There are two other SLA members who have been granted immunity and then also, one of the SLA members had confessed to two other people, and those people, I'm sure, will be called as witnesses, as they were at the grand jury.

-- Patty Hearst (American Celebrity)

I have great faith in the jury system.

-- Judge Mills Lane (American Celebrity)

My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don't think I would have been very happy. I'd be in front of the jury singing.

-- Jennifer Lopez ( Musician)

Owing to the fact that leaders in the women's groups made a point of serving on the jury here whenever they were called, we have always had an unusually high type of women represented on the jury.

-- Florence E. Allen ( -)

There's a lot of money with a lot of big law firms that have a tremendous amount at stake by getting the right language to convince the right jury that my client is either innocent or that the opposition is guilty.

-- Frank Luntz (American Politician)

We operate under a jury system in this country, and as much as we complain about it, we have to admit that we know of no better system, except possibly flipping a coin.

-- Dave Barry (American Journalist)

The great thing about our system of democracy is when they call you for jury duty, you have to come... It's an honor and a privilege. I was called and I've got to be here.

-- Antonio Villaraigosa (American Politician)

I did not see any major issues other than the jury substitutions. I can't know whether there's a problem there, until I read the transcript from the in-chambers conference, when those jurors were excused.

-- Catherine Crier (American Journalist)

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.

-- Norm Crosby (American Comedian)

When you hear in the tape recordings Nixon's own voice saying, We have to stonewall, We have to lie to the Grand Jury, We have to pay burglars a million dollars, it's all too clear the horror of what went on.

-- Bob Woodward (American Journalist)

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

Getting out of jury duty is easy. The trick is to say you're prejudiced against all races.

-- Dan Castellaneta (American Actor)

Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail?

-- Stephen Ambrose (American Historian)

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury.

-- Martha Beck (American Author)

Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.

-- Thurgood Marshall (American Judge)

I think right now the jury is out on where and how much profit is available in the consumer electronics industry, because if you look at the current consumer electronics players, the biggest ones on the planet struggle to make profit consistently.

-- Kevin Rollins (American Businessman)

In fact, for all kinds of offenses - and, for no offenses - from murders to misdemeanors, men and women are put to death without judge or jury; so that, although the political excuse was no longer necessary, the wholesale murder of human beings went on just the same.

-- Ida B. Wells (American Activist)

The grand jury, composed of 12 eminent New Orleans citizens, heard our evidence and indicted the defendant for participation in a conspiracy to assassinate John Kennedy.

-- Jim Garrison (American Public Servant)

In the courtroom, it's where a lawyer really becomes an actor. There's a very fine line between delivering a monologue in a play and delivering a monologue to a jury. I've always felt that way - I've been in a lot of courtrooms. The best lawyers are really theatrical.

-- Woody Harrelson (American Actor)

Usually when attorneys are assembling a jury, they're just looking for sheep that are easily impressed.

-- Johnny Kelly (American Musician)

The jury could get the case as early as next week, but the defense says they just want to introduce one last-minute load of crap.

-- Bill Maher ( Comedian)

I spent my time trying to understand grand jury procedure - a topic about which I never before had the slightest interest.

-- Donella Meadows (American Environmentalist)

The defendant wants to hide the truth because he's generally guilty. The defense attorney's job is to make sure the jury does not arrive at that truth.

-- Alan Dershowitz (American Lawyer)

To exclude all jurors who would be in the slightest way affected by the prospect of the death penalty would be to deprive the defendant of the impartial jury to which he or she is entitled under the law.

-- Byron White (American Judge)

It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.

-- Friedrich Durrenmatt (Swiss Author)

If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law.

-- Lysander Spooner (American Philosopher)

I view myself primarily as a trial lawyer who happens to be writing, as opposed to a writer who happens to be a trial lawyer, so the audience is like a jury to me.

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American Author)

If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.

-- Luther Burbank (American Environmentalist)

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.

-- Groucho Marx (American Comedian)

A jury of my countrymen, it is true, have found me guilty of the crime of which I stood indicted. For this I entertain not the slightest feeling of resentment towards them.

-- Thomas Francis Meagher (Irish Soldier)

In 1994 the U.S. Court of Appeals decided in the case of Oliver North to permit the release of grand jury evidence, because it had already been so thoroughly leaked.

-- Donella Meadows (American Environmentalist)

The jury has the right to determine both the law and the facts.

-- Samuel Chase (American Judge)

I lost court cases and misdemeanor juries, but of felony jury trials I was successful 105 of 106 times.

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American Author)

We look in... Germany for a superstar. We began with 10,000 people, which applied. From these 10,000, 100 was selected. The jury is unbelievably competent.

-- Michelle Hunziker (Swiss Actress)


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