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:


I am finally glad to see that the jury is looking at me.

-- Gary Gilmore (American Criminal)

I don't believe anyone has leaked grand jury information.

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

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)

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

-- Groucho Marx (American Comedian)

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

-- H. L. Mencken (American Writer)

The values of confidentiality of matters occurring before the grand jury is very important.

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

It is also one of the pleasures of oral biography, in that the reader, rather than editor, is jury.

-- George Plimpton (American Journalist)

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

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American Author)

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

-- Dan Castellaneta (American Actor)

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 ( -)

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

-- Herbert Spencer (English Philosopher)

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

-- Thurgood Marshall (American Judge)

A State which has universal suffrage and a wide extension of the jury franchise, must qualify the people by education to rightly exercise the great powers with which they are invested.

-- Edmund Barton (Australian Politician)

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

-- Martha Beck (American Author)

Jury selection is strictly an emotional process. They're looking for people they can manipulate. Both sides are.

-- Joseph Wambaugh (American Writer)

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)

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)

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)

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)

That D.C. grand jury investigation of Abramoff can't go on forever. Eventually the lawyers at the Public Integrity Section will go to their bosses with some decisions about just who they want to indict. That's when Al Gonzales will have to show his cards.

-- Joshua Micah Marshall (American Politician)

We were right about the slush fund. But Sloan did not testify about it to the Grand Jury.

-- Ben Bradlee (American Editor)

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)

There is no such thing as an impartial jury because there are no impartial people. There are people that argue on the web for hours about who their favorite character on "Friends" is.

-- Jon Stewart (American Entertainer)

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)

Such a prostitution of judicial power can never occur again under the shadow of the British law, for no jury within the wide circle of the empire would submit to such an infraction of their privilege, even if a judge could be found daring enough to attempt it.

-- Joseph Howe (Canadian Politician)

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

-- Samuel Chase (American Judge)

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)

It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve versus the system of one judge as a basis for preferring the U.S. to the Soviet Union. I would prefer the country you can leave to the country you cannot.

-- Joseph Brodsky (American Poet)

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)

I have fully cooperated with the investigation and before the grand jury, and I'm quite confident at the end of the day that we'll know what facts are in this particular case.

-- Alberto Gonzales (American Public Servant)

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

-- Friedrich Durrenmatt (Swiss Author)

The jury had down right contempt for punk rock grass roots ethics.

-- Jello Biafra (American Musician)

The grand jury's job is not to weigh the evidence from both sides; it is only to decide whether there is enough evidence on one side to bring a person to trial.

-- Donella Meadows (American Environmentalist)

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 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)


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