petit jury

pet·​it jury | \ ˈpe-tē- How to pronounce petit jury (audio) \

Definition of petit jury

: a jury of 12 persons impaneled to try and to decide finally upon the facts at issue in causes for trial in a court

Examples of petit jury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grand juries decide if there's enough evidence to charge someone with a crime, while a petit jury decides a verdict at the end of a trial by determining if a person should be convicted of a crime. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Will there be a Breonna Taylor verdict today? Here is what we expect to happen," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of petit jury

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Petit jury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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Legal Definition of petit jury

: a jury of twelve persons that is impaneled to try and to decide the facts at issue in a trial — compare grand jury

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