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:


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 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 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)

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)

I have great faith in the jury system.

-- Judge Mills Lane (American Celebrity)

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)

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 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)

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

-- Joseph Wambaugh (American Writer)

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

-- Jello Biafra (American Musician)

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

-- Samuel Chase (American Judge)

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

-- Dan Castellaneta (American Actor)

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)

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

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

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)

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

-- Thurgood Marshall (American Judge)

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)

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

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

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

-- Groucho Marx (American Comedian)

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)

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 ( -)

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)

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

-- Joseph Wambaugh (American Writer)

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

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American Author)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

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)

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

-- Liam Neeson (Irish Actor)

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)

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

-- Thomas Fuller (English Clergyman)


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