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.

Nearby words

  1. pettle,
  2. petty,
  3. petty bourgeois,
  4. petty bourgeoisie,
  5. petty cash,
  6. petty larceny,
  7. petty officer,
  8. petty sessions,
  9. petty, richard,
  10. petty-fitzmaurice

Compare grand jury.

Origin of petty jury

First recorded in 1680–90

Also called traverse jury.

Related formspetty 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 Formspetty juror, noun

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