petty jury



(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.
Compare grand jury.

Origin of petty jury

First recorded in 1680–90
Also called traverse jury.

Related forms

petty juror, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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.

    Days with Sir Roger De Coverley|Joseph Addison and Richard Steele

British Dictionary definitions for petty jury

petty jury


a variant spelling of petit jury

Derived Forms

petty juror, noun
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