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petty jury

  1. (in a civil or criminal proceeding) a jury, usually of 12 persons, impaneled to determine the facts and render a verdict pursuant to the court's instructions on the law.
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Compare grand jury.

Origin of petty jury

First recorded in 1680–90
Also called traverse jury.
Related formspetty juror, noun
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Historical Examples of petty jury

  • In short, he is a very sensible man; shoots flying; and has been several times foreman of the petty-jury.

    Days with Sir Roger De Coverley

    Joseph Addison and Richard Steele

British Dictionary definitions for petty jury

petty jury

  1. a variant spelling of petit jury
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Derived Formspetty juror, noun
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