(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 jurypetty juror, noun
Words nearby petty jury
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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.Days with Sir Roger De Coverley|Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
British Dictionary definitions for petty jury
a variant spelling of petit jury
Derived forms of petty jurypetty juror, noun
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