blue ribbon jury
A jury consisting of persons with special qualities, such as advanced education or special training, sometimes used in complicated civil cases (with the parties' consent) and to investigate suspected governmental corruption. Specialists in a technical field are called a "blue-blue ribbon jury." Blue ribbon juries are not allowed in criminal cases, because doing so would violate a defendant's right to be tried by a jury of his peers.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


blue ribbon jury
A group of highly qualified persons selected by a court on the request of either party to a lawsuit to decide complex and specialized disputes.

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


blue ribbon jury
A group of highly qualified persons selected by a court on the request of either party to a lawsuit to decide complex and specialized disputes.

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

blue ribbon jury
n.
   a jury selected from prominent, well-educated citizens, sometimes to investigate a particular problem such as civic corruption. Use of blue ribbon juries in criminal cases violates the right to have a jury of one's peers.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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