jury trial

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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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In his latest rant in Inside Time magazine, Beggs complains that Scottish juries are allowed to return majority verdicts - like the one in his own case.
Scottish juries, we are told several times, were "more likely to stress individual responsibility and the need for atonement" (16), but was that primarily an issue in religion, history, philosophy or law?
In some personal injury cases, Scottish juries have decided compensation of up to pounds 50,000 should be paid to widows.

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