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mistrial

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noun mis·tri·al \ˈmis-ˌtrī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of mistrial

  • law : a trial that is not valid because of an error or because the jury is unable to decide a verdict

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mistrial

  1. :  a trial that has no legal effect by reason of some error or serious prejudicial misconduct in the proceedings

Examples of mistrial in a sentence

  1. The judge declared a mistrial.



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First Known Use of mistrial

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mistrial

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noun mis·tri·al \ˈmis-ˌtrī-əl\

Legal Definition of mistrial

  1. :  a trial that terminates without a verdict because of error, necessity, prejudicial misconduct, or a hung jury — see also manifest necessity — compare dismissal 2, trial de novo





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