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:


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

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American Author)

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)

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)

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

-- Gary Gilmore (American Criminal)

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

-- Herbert Spencer (English Philosopher)

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

-- Thomas Fuller (English Clergyman)

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)

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

-- Ben Bradlee (American Editor)

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

-- Luther Burbank (American Environmentalist)

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

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American Author)

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

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

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

-- Herbert Spencer (English 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)

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

-- Jello Biafra (American Musician)

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 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)

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

-- John Mortimer (English Novelist)

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

-- Liam Neeson (Irish Actor)

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)

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

-- Thurgood Marshall (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)

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)

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)

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

-- Donella Meadows (American Environmentalist)

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)

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

-- Friedrich Durrenmatt (Swiss Author)

I hardly expected the grand jury to sustain me, after they saw everything different from what it had been while I was there. Yet they did, and their report to the court advises all the changes made that I had proposed.

-- Nellie Bly (American Journalist)

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)

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)

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

-- Joseph Wambaugh (American Writer)

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)


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