petty jury


noun

(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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Also petit jury.
Also called traverse jury.
Compare grand jury.

Origin of petty jury

First recorded in 1680–90

OTHER WORDS FROM petty jury

petty juror, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for petty jury

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

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British Dictionary definitions for petty jury

petty jury

noun

a variant spelling of petit jury

Derived forms of petty jury

petty juror, noun
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