mistrial
mis·tri·al /'mis-ˌtrī-əl/ n: a trial that terminates without a verdict because of error, necessity, prejudicial misconduct, or a hung jury see also manifest necessity compare dismissal 2, trial de novo

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

mistrial
noun abrogation, annulment, cancellation, collapse, disannulment, erroneous trial, failure, fruitless trial, ineffective trial, invalid trial, nonfulfillment, nonsuccess, nugatory trial, nullification, nullity, revocation, terminated trial, unproductive trial, unsuccessful trial, useless trial, void trial, worthless trial associated concepts: deadlocked jury, declaration of a mistrial, prejudicial error

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


mistrial
n.
An invalid trial; a trial terminated before a judgment is reached due to circumstances such as a hung jury, lack of jurisdiction, or another fundamental problem.

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


mistrial
A trial that ends prematurely and without a judgment, due either to a mistake that jeopardizes a right to a fair trial or to a jury that can't agree on a verdict (a "hung jury"). If a judge declares a mistrial in a civil case, he or she will direct that the case be set for a new trial at a future date. Mistrials in criminal cases can result in a retrial, a plea bargain, or a dismissal of the charges.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


mistrial
n. A trial that the judge orders ended without a verdict, either because the jury has deadlocked or because of an incident or mistake prejudicing the outcome.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


mistrial
A courtroom trial that has been terminated prior to its normal conclusion. A mistrial has no legal effect and is considered an invalid or nugatory trial. It differs from a "new trial," which recognizes that a trial was completed but was set aside so that the issues could be tried again.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


mistrial
I
A courtroom trial that has been terminated prior to its normal conclusion. A mistrial has no legal effect and is considered an invalid or nugatory trial. It differs from a "new trial," which recognizes that a trial was completed but was set aside so that the issues could be tried again.
II An invalid trial, caused by fundamental error. When a mistrial is declared, the trial must start again from the selection of the jury.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

mistrial
n.
   the termination of a trial before its normal conclusion because of a procedural error, statements by a witness, judge or attorney which prejudice a jury, a deadlock by a jury without reaching a verdict after lengthy deliberation (a "hung" jury), or the failure to complete a trial within the time set by the court. When such situations arise, the judge, either on his own initiative or upon the motion (request) of one of the parties will "declare a mistrial," dismiss the jury if there is one and direct that the lawsuit or criminal prosecution be set for trial again, starting from the beginning.
   See also: trial

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Mistrial — Mis*tri al, n. (Law) A false or erroneous trial; a trial which has no result; a trial which comes to no conclusion, such as a criminal trial which does not produce a unanimous verdict of the jurors. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mistrial — (n.) 1620s; see MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + TRIAL (Cf. trial) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mistrial — ► NOUN ▪ a trial made invalid through an error in proceedings …   English terms dictionary

  • mistrial — [mis′trī΄əl] n. Law a trial made void because of a) a prejudicial error in the proceedings or lack of jurisdiction by the court ☆ b) the inability of the jury to agree upon a verdict …   English World dictionary

  • mistrial — [[t]mɪ̱straɪəl, AM tra͟ɪ [/t]] mistrials 1) N COUNT A mistrial is a legal trial that is conducted unfairly, for example because not all the evidence is considered, so that there must be a new trial. The past has been scarred by countless… …   English dictionary

  • mistrial — /mis truy euhl, truyl /, n. Law. 1. a trial terminated without conclusion on the merits of the case because of some error in the proceedings. 2. an inconclusive trial, as where the jury cannot agree. [1620 30; MIS 1 + TRIAL] * * * ▪ law       in… …   Universalium

  • mistrial — n. (legal) to declare a mistrial * * * [ˌmɪs traɪəl] (legal) to declare a mistrial …   Combinatory dictionary

  • mistrial — UK [mɪsˈtraɪəl] / US noun [countable] Word forms mistrial : singular mistrial plural mistrials legal a trial that was not done correctly and has to be started again …   English dictionary

  • mistrial — An erroneous, invalid, or nugatory trial. A trial of an action which cannot stand in law because of want of jurisdiction, or a wrong drawing of jurors, or disregard of some other fundamental requisite before or during trial. Trial which has been… …   Black's law dictionary

  • mistrial — An erroneous, invalid, or nugatory trial. A trial of an action which cannot stand in law because of want of jurisdiction, or a wrong drawing of jurors, or disregard of some other fundamental requisite before or during trial. Trial which has been… …   Black's law dictionary

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