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Petit Jury

The ordinary panel of twelve persons called to issue a verdict in a civil action or a criminal prosecution.

Petit jury is used interchangeably with petty jury.

petit jury

n. old-fashioned name for the jury sitting to hear a lawsuit or criminal prosecution, called "petit" (small) to distinguish it from a "grand" jury, which has other duties. (See: jury, grand jury)

petit jury

a jury of 12 persons empanelled to determine the facts of a case and decide the issue pursuant to the direction of the court on points of law. See also GRAND JURY.
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Twelve jurors would be selected as the petty jury to hear evidence presented by the parties and to decide the case.
The petty jury was not available in all English courts.