hung jury


hung jury
hung jury n: a jury whose members are unable to agree on a verdict

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

hung jury
n.
A jury that cannot agree on a verdict.

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


hung jury
A jury unable to come to a final decision, resulting in a mistrial. Judges do their best to avoid hung juries, typically sending juries back into deliberations with an assurance (sometimes known as a "dynamite charge") that they will be able to reach a decision if they try harder. If a mistrial is declared, the case is tried again unless the parties settle the case (in a civil case) or the prosecution dismisses the charges or offers a plea bargain (in a criminal case).
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


hung jury
v. For a jury to be deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


hung jury
A trial jury duly selected to make a decision in a criminal case regarding a defendant's guilt or innocence, but who are unable to reach a verdict due to a complete division in opinion.

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


hung jury
I
A trial jury duly selected to make a decision in a criminal case regarding a defendant's guilt or innocence, but who are unable to reach a verdict due to a complete division in opinion.
II A jury whose members cannot agree upon a verdict.

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

hung jury
n.
   slang for a hopelessly deadlocked jury in a criminal case, in which neither side is able to prevail. Usually it means there is no unanimous verdict (although in Oregon and Louisiana 10 of 12 jurors can convict or acquit). If the jury is hung the trial judge will declare a mistrial. A new trial from scratch, with a new jury panel, is required. The prosecutor can decide not to re-try the case, particularly if a majority of the jury favored acquittal.
   See also: dismissal, jury, mistrial, trial

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • hung jury — n. a jury that is unable to arrive at a verdict; deadlocked jury …   English World dictionary

  • hung jury — n [singular] a ↑jury that cannot agree whether someone is guilty of a crime …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hung jury — noun count a JURY that cannot reach a decision about whether someone is guilty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Hung jury — A hung jury or deadlocked jury is a jury that cannot, by the required voting threshold, agree upon a verdict after an extended period of deliberation and is unable to change its votes due to severe differences of opinion.[1] Contents 1 United… …   Wikipedia

  • hung jury — noun a jury that is unable to agree on a verdict (the result is a mistrial) • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑jury * * * a jury that cannot agree on a verdict. [1840 50, Amer.] * * * hung jury noun A jury that fails to agree …   Useful english dictionary

  • hung jury — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hung jury : singular hung jury plural hung juries a jury that cannot reach a decision about whether someone is guilty …   English dictionary

  • hung jury — noun A jury in a legal trial which is unable to reach a verdict because jurors are unable to agree. The prosecution re filed charges less than an after a mistrial was declared due to a hung jury …   Wiktionary

  • hung jury — hung′ ju′ry n. law a jury that cannot agree on a verdict • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • hung jury — jury that cannot reach a unanimous verdict in a legal trial, jury that is unable to arrive at a unanimous decision …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hung jury — /hʌŋ ˈdʒʊəri/ (say hung joouhree) noun a jury which is unable to reach a verdict. {US (1840s); hung (past participle of hang def. 20) + jury1} …   Australian English dictionary


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