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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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The committee was appointed in 2010 by past President Mayanne Downs to look at the trend of fewer jury trials and see what impact that decrease has on both the court system and citizens.
Consequently, the appellate court reversed the judgment of the circuit court of Jackson County and remanded for a bench trial, because the defendants were not entitled to a jury trial under any of the relevant statutes.
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).
It is only the flexibility of the French criminal jury trial, with its inherent responsiveness to public opinion, that makes popular attitudes about the use of violence in intimate relationships visible in this era.
The constitutional right to a jury trial deserves solid protection, however, people should have the right to make an informed agreement to waive a jury.
The Government is strongly in favour of trial by jury in the vast majority of cases, where it will remain absolutely appropriate He also defended criticism that the change in the law was the 'thin end of the wedge' for a wider attack on jury trial.
In many of those, your client might be better served by waiving a jury trial and demanding a bench trial.
He told the court he wanted a jury trial after hearing that magistrates were willing to deal with his case themselves.
The Court also held that New Jersey Family Leave Act claims and New Jersey Law Against Discrimination claims are not exempt from arbitration, and the jury trial waiver was effective.
Instead of a jury trial, those brought before the ICC will have their fates determined by international judges, who, according to the Statute, will be "persons of high moral character, impartiality and integrity" with competence and experience in law.
81pc think jury trial is fairer than trial by a judge;