blue-ribbon jury


noun

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.

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Also called special jury.

Origin of blue-ribbon jury

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

blue-ribbon jury

noun

a US name for a special jury
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