chal·lenge 1 vt chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing
1: to dispute esp. as being invalid or unjust
counsel challenged this interpretation
2: to question formally (as by a suit or motion) the legality or legal qualifications of
challenge the regulations; esp: to make a challenge to (a trier of fact)
the grounds for challenging prospective jurors — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr. compare recuse
challenge 2 n
1: a calling into question; esp: a questioning of validity or legality: objection
when the challenge to the statute is in effect a challenge of this basic assumptionKramer v. Union Free School Dist. No. 15, 395 U.S. 621 (1969) see also batson challenge
2: a request to disqualify a trier of fact (as a jury member or judge) compare recusal, strike
challenge for cause: a challenge esp. of a prospective juror based on a specific and stated cause or reason
challenge to the array: a challenge of an entire jury that raises objections to the selection process
peremptory challenge: a challenge esp. of a prospective juror that does not require a stated cause or reason

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

I verb ad pugnam provocare, affront, appeal, argue, bid defiance to, call out, call to answer, combat an opinion, confront, confute, contradict, controvert, cry out against, debate, defy, denounce, differ, disagree, disapprove, dispute, dissent, enter a protest, hurl defiance at, invite competition, invite to contest, menace, negate, negative, object to, oppose, protest, quarrel, query, question, raise a question, raise objections, raise one's voice against, reject, remonstrate, repudiate, resist, say no, show reluctance, stand up against, take exception to, threaten, wrangle associated concepts: challenge for cause, challenge jurisdiction, challenge of ownership, challenge to a finding of a lower court, challenge to a Grand jury's composition, challenge to sufficiency of pleading, challenge to the array, challenge to the panel, challenge to the venire, preemptory challenge II index argue, charge (accuse), cite (accuse), claim (legal demand), compete, competition, complain (charge), conflict, confront (oppose), confutation, contend (dispute), contention (opposition), contest (competition), contest (dispute), contest, contradict, counter, counterargument, cross-examination, cross-examine, defiance, defy, demonstrate (protest), demur, demurrer, denial, denounce (condemn), disaccord, disaffirm, disagree, disagreement, disbelieve, disown (deny the validity), dispute, dispute (contest), dissent (difference of opinion), dissent (withhold assent), doubt (distrust), examine (interrogate), except (object), exception (objection), fight (battle), impeach, impeachment, impugnation, indagation, invitation, misdoubt, motivate, object, objection, oppose, opposition, oppugn, protest (noun), protest (verb), provoke, reaction (opposition), reject, remonstrance, remonstrate, repel (drive back), resist (withstand) withstand

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To object; to dispute the truth of a statement.
(1) An objection.
(2) An objection by a lawyer to the inclusion on the jury of a juror proposed by opposing counsel.

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

When selecting a jury, the right of each party to request that a potential juror be excused. There may be a "challenge for cause" on the basis the juror had admitted prejudice or shows some obvious conflict of interest (for example, the juror used to work for the defendant) which the judge must resolve. More common is the ""peremptory challenge,"" which is a request that a juror be excused without stating a reason. Each side is normally allowed a limited number of peremptory challenges.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

1 n. An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing.
2 n. An objection by a party or a lawyer to a potential juror or jury panel and his or her request that a judge disqualify the individual or the panel from hearing that party's cause or trial.
3 v. To call into question.
@ as-applied challenge
An argument, claim, or lawsuit that a law or government policy, although otherwise constitutional, is unconstitutional when applied to a particular party or situation.
@ Batson challenge
A defendant's claim that the plaintiff or prosecution excluded potential jurors due to their race, color, ethnic background, or gender by use of peremptory challenges. Named for the United States Supreme Court case of Batson v. Kentucky (1986), which forbids such a use of peremptory challenges in criminal cases. The principle in Batson was extended to civil cases in Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co. (1991).
@ facial challenge
An argument, claim, or lawsuit that a law or government policy always operates in violation of the United States Constitution or a state constitution.
@ challenge for cause
A challenge to a prospective juror based on a specific cause or reason, such as bias, prejudice, or a financial or other interest in the outcome of the trial. Usually, there is no limit to the number of challenges for cause available to each party.
@ challenge to jury array
=>> challenge to the array.
@ challenge to the array
An objection to an entire jury panel based on the manner that the panel was selected. Also called challenge to jury array.
@ peremptory challenge
A challenge to a prospective juror that may be made without any specific cause or reason. The number of peremptory challenges allowed to each party is usually limited by statute or court rule.
=>> challenge.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

An objection, such as when an attorney objects at a hearing to the seating of a particular person on a civil or criminal jury.

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

   the right of each attorney in a jury trial to request that a juror be excused. There may be a "challenge for cause" on the basis the juror had admitted prejudice or shows some obvious conflict of interest (e.g. the juror used to work for the defendant or was once charged with the same type of crime) which the judge must resolve. If the juror is excused (removed) "for cause," then the challenge does not count against the limited number of challenges allowed each side. More common is the "peremptory challenge," which is a request that a juror be excused without stating a reason. An attorney might say: "Juror number eight may be excused." Only six or eight peremptory challenges are normally allowed each side. Systematic peremptory challenges of all blacks or all women may be examples and proof that a defendant has been deprived of a jury of his/her peers and result in an appeal based on lack of due process.
   See also: peremptory challenge

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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