jury trial
jury trial n: a trial in which a jury serves as the trier of fact – called also trial by jury; see also article iii article vi and vii amendments vi and vii to the constitution in the back matter compare bench trial
◇ The right to a jury trial is established in the U.S. Constitution, but it is not an absolute right. The Supreme Court has stated that petty crimes (as those carrying a sentence of up to 6 months) do not require trial by jury. The right to a jury trial in a criminal case may be waived by the “express and intelligent consent” of the defendant, usu. in writing, as well as, in federal cases, the approval of the court and consent of the prosecutor. There is no right to a jury trial in equity cases. When a civil case involves both legal and equitable issues or procedure, either party may demand a jury trial (and failure to do so is taken as a waiver), but the judge may find that there is no right to jury trial because of equitable issues or claims.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

jury trial
n.
A trial that takes place before a jury, in which the jury hears the testimony and sees evidence and then renders a decision about the facts in accordance with the judge’s instructions. See also bench trial

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


jury trial
A trial of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution in which the case is presented to a jury for final determination of the factual questions. Compare: court trial
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


jury trial
n. A trial in which a jury will serve as the finder of fact.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

jury trial
n.
   a trial of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution in which the case is presented to a jury and the factual questions and the final judgment are determined by a jury. This is distinguished from a "court trial" in which the judge decides factual as well as legal questions, and makes the final judgment.
   See also: jury

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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