Special or “Struck” Jury – usually at a party’s request, “striking a jury” from a panel drawn specifically for an unusually important or complicated case, followed by allowing parties to alternate in striking from a list any person whom she does not wish to have on the jury

special jury:

1. A jury chosen from a panel that is drawn specifically for that case.  *  Such a jury is usually empaneled at a party’s request in an unusually important or complicated case. — aka struck jury.  See STRIKING A JURY.

2. At common law, a jury composed of persons above the rank of ordinary freeholders, usually summoned to try more important questions than those heard by ordinary juries. — aka good jury.

struck jury:

1. A jury selected by allowing the parties to alternate in striking from a list any person whom a given party does not wish to have on the jury, until the number is reduced to the appropriate number (traditionally 12).  See STRIKING A JURY.

2. See special jury (1). [1]

1. Sometimes called a special jury, a jury impaneled for a particular case, and not from the regular jury panel.

2. A jury drawn by the exercise of “strikes,” each party being entitled to delete a certain number of names from a list prepared by a jury commissioner or other official. [2]

1. A jury chosen from a panel drawn for a particular case, not from the regular panel, sometimes called a special jury.  A jury drawn by the exercixe of strikes, each party being entitled to strike a certain numbe of tnames of persons appearing as qualified jurors on a special enire drawn and summoned for the case.  31 Am J Rev ed Jury § 90. 

A jury selected by an officer authorized by law, as a jury commissioner, instead of bwing drawn from the wheel, as in the case of common jurors.  State v Withrow, 133 Mo 500, 513. [3]

striking a jury:

1. The selecting of a jury out of all the candidates available to serve on a jury, especially, the selecting of a special jury. [1]


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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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