peremptory challenge


Definition of peremptory challenge

: a challenge (as of a juror) made as of right without assigning any cause

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The rule that peremptory challenges can’t be used to discriminate is well-established in judicial procedure. Aja Romano, Vox, "Curtis Flowers was tried 6 times for the same crime. Now the Supreme Court will hear his case.," 6 Nov. 2018 Defence lawyers used peremptory challenges to dismiss five prospective jurors who appeared to be indigenous. The Economist, "Indigenous rightsCanada’s Trayvon Martin moment," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of peremptory challenge

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peremptory challenge was in 1530

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Legal Definition of peremptory challenge

see challenge

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