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:


Well I was on the jury duty on the Deauville Film Festival, a few years ago.

-- Liam Neeson (Irish Actor)

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

-- Groucho Marx (American Comedian)

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

-- Herbert Spencer (English Philosopher)

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

-- Joseph Wambaugh (American Writer)

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

-- Martha Beck (American Author)

I certainly believe it's over for the jury system, but we won't admit it for a while.

-- Joseph Wambaugh (American Writer)

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

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American 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)

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

-- Samuel Chase (American Judge)

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)

I have great faith in the jury system.

-- Judge Mills Lane (American Celebrity)

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

-- Luther Burbank (American Environmentalist)

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)

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 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)

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)

To escape jury duty in England, wear a bowler hat and carry a copy of the Daily telegraph.

-- John Mortimer (English Novelist)

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

-- Thurgood Marshall (American Judge)

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

-- Stephen Ambrose (American Historian)

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

-- Ben Bradlee (American Editor)

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

-- Dan Castellaneta (American Actor)

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

-- Gary Gilmore (American Criminal)

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)

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

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial.

-- Thomas Fuller (English Clergyman)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

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)

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)

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

-- George Plimpton (American Journalist)

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

-- Friedrich Durrenmatt (Swiss Author)

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)


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