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:


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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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

-- Groucho Marx (American Comedian)

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)

The jury consist of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

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

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

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)

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

-- Friedrich Durrenmatt (Swiss Author)

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)

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)

A grand jury hears only one side - that of the prosecutor.

-- Donella Meadows (American Environmentalist)

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)

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

-- Thurgood Marshall (American Judge)

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

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

-- Herbert Spencer (English Philosopher)

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 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)

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)

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)

I have great faith in the jury system.

-- Judge Mills Lane (American Celebrity)

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

-- Joseph Wambaugh (American Writer)

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)

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

-- Stephen Ambrose (American Historian)

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

-- Samuel Chase (American Judge)

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)

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

-- Liam Neeson (Irish Actor)

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)

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

-- Joseph Wambaugh (American Writer)

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

-- Thomas Fuller (English Clergyman)

A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.

-- Herbert Spencer (English Philosopher)


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