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Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: juree, from Old French jurer 'to swear', from Latin jus; JUST2


ju‧ry plural juries [countable]
1SCL a group of 12 ordinary people who listen to the details of a case in court and decide whether someone is guilty or not:
The jury found him not guilty.
the right to trial by jury
sit/serve on a jury (=be part of a jury)
2 a group of people chosen to judge a competition

the jury is (still) out on something

SCL used to say that something has not been finally decided:
Is it good value? The jury is still out on that.
grand juryWORD FOCUS: court WORD FOCUS: court
people in a court of law: judge, magistrate, jury, defence British English/defense American English, prosecution, defendant, witness, attorney, lawyer, barrister British English, solicitor British English, district attorney American English

what happens in a court case:At the beginning of the trial, the person who is accused pleads guilty or not guilty to the charges against them. The lawyers for the prosecution try to prove that the defendant is guilty, and the lawyers for the defence try to prove that their client is innocent. The judge and the jury examine the evidence and listen to the testimony of the witnesses. At the end of the trial, the judge then sums up the case, and the jury then gives their verdict. If the person is found guilty, the judge sentences them to a period of time in prison, or orders them to pay a fine. If the person is found not guilty, they are released.

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