peremptory challenge
peremptory challenge see challenge

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

peremptory challenge
the right to challenge jurors without having to give a reason or show cause. It was abolished in England and Wales by the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and in Scotland by the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1995.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


peremptory challenge
The right to dismiss or excuse a potential juror during jury selection without having to give a reason. Each party to a lawsuit gets a set number of peremptory challenges.Compare: challenge for cause
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


peremptory challenge
The right to challenge a juror without assigning, or being required to assign, a reason for the challenge.

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


peremptory challenge
I
The right to challenge a juror without assigning, or being required to assign, a reason for the challenge.
II Request by a party that a judge not allow a certain prospective juror as a member of the jury. No reason or cause need be stated. (See challenge for cause.)

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

peremptory challenge
n.
   the right of the plaintiff and the defendant in a jury trial to have a juror dismissed before trial without stating a reason. This challenge is distinguished from a "challenge for cause" (reason) based on the potential juror admitting bias, acquaintanceship with one of the parties or their attorney, personal knowledge about the facts, or some other basis for believing he/she might not be impartial. The number of peremptory challenges for each side will differ based on state law, the number of parties to a case, and whether it is a civil or criminal trial. The usual phrasing used by lawyers exercising the challenge is "Juror number seven may be excused."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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