jury trial


: a trial that is decided by a jury
I demand my right to a jury trial.

Examples of jury trial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the rare instances where cases make it to a jury trial, outcomes are unpredictable. H. Claire Brown, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 The lawsuit seeks $1 million in damages and a jury trial in Travis County, Texas, where the lawsuit was filed and where Musk has a residence. Doha Madani, NBC News, 2 Oct. 2023 Garcia admitted to entering the school but pleaded not guilty to criminal trespassing and requested a jury trial. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is requesting a jury trial and for Chipotle to adopt policies that provide equal employment for employees of all religions. Colin Sheeley, NBC News, 1 Oct. 2023 Harris is requesting a jury trial out of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Jenny Goldsberry, Washington Examiner, 28 Sep. 2023 But Epic has used the opening days of its jury trial against Google to argue that this technical openness hasn't prevented Google from creating an effective monopoly over Android app distribution through its Google Play Store. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 8 Nov. 2023 Elfman’s company, Musica de la Muerte, was also named as a defendant in the complaint, which demanded a jury trial. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 If this case were to proceed to jury trial, the state would present evidence … that on or about May the 26th of 1990, the defendant was responsible for the death of Marlene Warren. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 28 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Jury trial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jury%20trial. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

jury trial

: a trial in which a jury serves as the trier of fact

called also trial by jury

compare bench trial

Note: The right to a jury trial is established in the U.S. Constitution, but it is not an absolute right. The Supreme Court has stated that petty crimes (as those carrying a sentence of up to 6 months) do not require trial by jury. The right to a jury trial in a criminal case may be waived by the “express and intelligent consent” of the defendant, usually in writing, as well as, in federal cases, the approval of the court and consent of the prosecutor. There is no right to a jury trial in equity cases. When a civil case involves both legal and equitable issues or procedure, either party may demand a jury trial (and failure to do so is taken as a waiver), but the judge may find that there is no right to a jury trial because of equitable issues or claims.

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