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blue-ribbon jury

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  1. a jury composed of persons having more than ordinary education and presumably exceptional intelligence and perceptiveness, selected by the court on the motion of plaintiff or defendant to try cases of unusual complexity or importance.

Origin of blue-ribbon jury

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
Also called special jury.
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British Dictionary definitions for blue-ribbon jury

blue-ribbon jury

  1. a US name for a special jury
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