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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.
Finally, a Tenth Circuit district court addressing the validity of a jury waiver in a dealer agreement noted the "strong presumption" in favor of jury trials, thus placing the burden on the party seeking enforcement.
Tony Blair's majority was cut to 72 as 33 rebels joined Tories and Liberal Democrats in trying to scupper a bid to restrict jury trials in complex fraud cases.
Tony Blair's majority was cut to 72 as 33 Labour rebels joined Tories and Liberal Democrats in a vain bid last night to scupper plans to restrict jury trials in complex fraud cases.
A MAN wrongly convicted of a double murder nine years ago says jury trials must be reformed if they are to stay in existence.
It doesn't take many jury trials on TV for us to know that juries are often not the best substitute for these kinds of matters.
Court officials said Monday that they expect to start hearing civil jury trials in Palmdale in March, when the parking lot south of the facility is completed.
97-1235, decided May 24, 1999) permits jury trials under the Seventh Amendment in takings claims brought in federal court under 42 U.
The New York State Court of Appeals examined five cases with different fact patterns in coming up with the new standard for jury trials.
No other state charges for criminal jury trials, though the National Center for State Courts,reports that twenty-six states charge court fees in civil cases.
Before 1991, Title VII allowed an employee injured by discrimination to recover back pay, but not compensatory or punitive damages, and did not allow jury trials.
An experienced trial attorney, Shegerian has tried many jury trials to verdict in both state and federal court, representing individuals that have suffered financial or emotional losses and have been wronged by employers, including major corporations.