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jury

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈdʒʊəri/ ( plural juries) LAW
( US also jury panel) a group of people who have been chosen to listen to the facts in a court action and decide whether a person is guilty or not guilty or whether a claim has been proved: He was flanked by two prison officers as he awaited the jury's verdict. Last year a California jury awarded $172m to staff who had been forced to work through meal breaks.a jury acquits/convicts/deliberates The jury convicted seven of the men of conspiracy, but acquitted nine others. A series of suspicious phone calls took place between the defendants, a jury heard yesterday.
the jury is out (on sth) used to say that people have not yet decided whether something is good or bad: The jury is still out on whether she is the right person to revive the company's fortunes.
→  See also grand jury
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