peremptory challenge


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

Examples of peremptory challenge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This time around, each side will have less opportunity to dismiss potential jurors because both used six of their 10 peremptory challenges earlier this week. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 18 Apr. 2024 The attorneys will also select up to six alternate jurors, and the two sides will receive five more peremptory challenges during that process. Graham Kates, CBS News, 18 Apr. 2024 For a criminal trial involving class E felonies, which are what Trump is being charged with, 10 peremptory challenges per side fits the state guidelines. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2024 The father's defense team won three additional peremptory challenges of jurors, giving each side eight strikes to dismiss prospective jurors without giving a reason. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2024 Crumbley’s attorney used a peremptory challenge to remove him from the panel. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 All could be excused as both sides have eight peremptory challenges to dismiss any prospective juror for any reason. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2024 In a favorable ruling for the defense, however, Matthews granted a request by Crumbley's lawyer to add peremptory challenges during jury selection. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 21 Feb. 2024 The Real Blac Chyna star also filed a peremptory challenge against Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory W. Alarcon, alleging unfair treatment in court. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 13 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peremptory challenge was in 1530

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

Legal Definition

peremptory challenge

see challenge

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