Blue-Ribbon Jury – consists of persons of particular advanced education or special training in order to hear a complex civil case or to sit in a grand juries

blue-ribbon jury:

1. A jury consisting of jurors who are selected for their special qualities, such as advanced education or special training, sometimes used in a complex civil case (usually by stipulation of the parties) and sometimes also for a grand jury (especially one investigating governmental corruption).  *  A blue-ribbon jury is not allowed in criminal trials because it would violate the defendant’s right to trial by a jury of peers.  An even more elite group of jurors, involving specialists in a technical field, is called a blue-blue-ribbon jury. [1]

1. A jury made up of persons specifically qualified to hear an especially complicated case. [2]

1. A jury made up of particularly qualified persons; a jury selected by a sifting procedure which reduces the general panel to one of a much lesser number of persons.  31 J Rev ed Am Jur § 72. [3]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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