non·​ju·​ry ˌnän-ˈju̇r-ē How to pronounce nonjury (audio)
: not decided by a jury : not determined in court by a body of arbitrators
a nonjury trial

Examples of nonjury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Warren, who was the first witness in the five-day nonjury trial in late November in Tallahassee, said the issue went beyond him. Lori Rozsa, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2023 Should the parties agree to do so, the proposal would enable them to avert a five-day nonjury trial set to begin Oct. 17. WSJ, 4 Oct. 2022 The case is being fought out in Delaware Chancery Court, with a five-day nonjury trial set to start Oct. 17. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 Scores of others are being held indefinitely awaiting their nonjury trials. Mark L. Clifford and L. Gordon Crovitz, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 Circuit courts will also expand the types of cases heard to include civil nonjury trials, child support contempt cases and three-judge panel sentence reviews. Phil Davis,, 9 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonjury was in 1897

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“Nonjury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: of or relating to a case that is heard and decided by a judge or other qualified judicial officer (as a magistrate) without a jury
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