challenge for cause
challenge for cause see challenge

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

challenge for cause
n.
An objection to a juror based on a specific reason, which the judge must approve.

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


challenge for cause
A party's request that the judge dismiss a potential juror from serving on a jury by providing a valid legal reason why he shouldn't serve. Potential bias is a common reason potential jurors are challenged for cause — for example, the potential juror is a relative of a party or one of the lawyers, or admits to a prejudice against one party's race or religion. Judges can also dismiss a potential juror for cause.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


challenge for cause
A request from a party to a judge that a certain prospective juror not be allowed to be a member of a jury because of specified causes or reasons. (Also, see peremptory challenge.)

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

challenge for cause
n.
   a request that a prospective juror be dismissed because there is a specific and forceful reason to believe the person cannot be fair, unbiased or capable of serving as a juror. Causes include acquaintanceship with either of the parties, one of the attorneys or a witness, the potential juror's expression during voir dire (questioning of the prospective jurors) of inability to be unbiased due to prior experience in a similar case (having been convicted of drunk driving, being a battered wife, etc.), any obvious prejudice, or inability to serve (such as being mentally disturbed). The judge determines if the person shall be dismissed. Challenges and dismissal for cause differ from peremptory challenges, which each side may use to dismiss potential jurors without stating any reason.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • challenge for cause — noun Law a challenge (def. 4c) made where it can be shown that the juror would show bias in determining guilt or innocence. Compare peremptory challenge …   Australian English dictionary

  • challenge for cause — ➡ juries * * * …   Universalium

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  • challenge for principal cause — An objection lodged against a juror on voir dire on the ground of an absolute disqualification, such as consanguinity or relationship within the prohibited degree, leaving nothing to the discretion of the court in reference to the determination… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • pass for cause — To let a juror go unchallenged for cause, leaving open the opportunity for peremptory challenge …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • challenge — To object or except to; to prefer objections to a person, right, or instrument; to question formerly the legality or legal qualifications of; to invite into competition; to formally call into question the capability of a person for a particular… …   Black's law dictionary

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