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jury trial

n. a trial of a lawsuit or criminal prosecution in which the case is presented to a jury and the factual questions and the final judgment are determined by a jury. This is distinguished from a "court trial" in which the judge decides factual as well as legal questions, and makes the final judgment. While a jury trial is a constitutional right in most cases it does not apply to bankruptcy, maritime cases, small claims actions, or criminal matters not involving jail time. (See; jury)

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If he were to sit there and die of cold, there would be mighty little gained; better the police cell and the chances of a jury trial, than the miserable certainty of death at a dyke-side before the next winter's dawn, or death a little later in the gas- lighted wards of an infirmary.
They therefore wanted the bill to eliminate jury trials for anyone accused of being in criminal contempt of an injunction issued pursuant to the Act.
The firm has conducted over 100 jury trials, and has tried jury trials in State and Federal courts for 17 years.
During the debate within the colonies about whether to ratify the Constitution, one of the arguments cited by the anti-Federalists was that the original text did not provide for jury trials in civil cases (even though Article III allowed for juries in criminal cases).
The proposal will be made at the plenary session to approve the government's suggestion to introduce jury trials in Bishkek and Osh since 2015, and then to scale up this practice to other regions of the country in 2016 and 2017, MP Toktogul Tumanov (SDPK) said.
The declining number of jury trials in both state and federal courts and in civil and criminal cases can undermine public confidence in the judicial system and decrease the skills of lawyers and judges when they actually do have a trial.
WESTBORO - Police chiefs are objecting to a decision to move jury trials from Westboro District Court to Worcester, saying the move will cost their departments in time and money.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics bulletin Tort Bench and Jury Trials in State Courts, 2005 discusses tort cases concluded by a bench or jury trial in a national sample of jurisdictions in 2005.
I look forward to the day when Government can return to jury trials in all cases.
In a separate hearing on the merits and availability of jury trials, Justice Power commented that judges don't have to be mind readers to know when a jury is overwhelmed and that judges are better equipped to deal with complicated cases.
Several members commented that family proceedings will become far more expensive and time-consuming if jury trials are permitted.
If it was not the law that held sway in jury trials for crimes of passion, what was it?