Definitions of jury

  1. A body of men, usually twelve, selected according to law, and sworn to inquire into, or decide on, the evidence in a case of law before them; a committee of experts selected to award prizes, to adjudge the value of land, etc.
  2. A body of not less than twelve men, selected and sworn, as prescribed by law, to declare the truth on evidence before them: a committee for deciding prizes at a public exhibition, though in this sense confined to England chiefly- in U. S., such a committee receives the more dignified and scriptural title of judges.
  3. A body of men sworn to give a true verdict upon the evidence in a trial; any committee of award.
  4. In a court of law, a certain number of men selected and sworn to declare the truth on the evidence placed before them. Note.- A grand jury consists of not more than 23, a petty or special jury of 12; in Scot., generally of 15.
  5. 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.
  6. A committee for determining relative merit or awarding prizes at an exhibition or competition; as, the art jury gave him the first prize.
  7. Criminal Law Traffic TicketshomeGLOSSARY jury A group of people selected to apply the law, as stated by the judge, to the facts of a case and render a decision, called the verdict. Traditionally, an American jury was made up of 12 people who had to arrive at a unanimous decision. But today, in many states, juries in civil cases may be composed of as few as six members and non- unanimous verdicts may be permitted. ( Most states still require 12- person, unanimous verdicts for criminal trials.) Tracing its history back over 1, 000 years, the jury system was brought to England by William the Conqueror in 1066. The philosophy behind the jury system is that-- especially in a criminal case-- an accused's guilt or innocence should be judged by a group of people from her community (" a jury of her peers"). Recently, some courts have been experimenting with increasing the traditionally rather passive role of the jury by encouraging jurors to take notes and ask questions.
  8. For temporary use; - applied to a temporary contrivance.
  9. In temporary substitution.