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[im-pan-l] /ɪmˈpæn l/
verb (used with object), impaneled, impaneling or (especially British) impanelled, impanelling.
to enter on a panel or list for jury duty.
to select (a jury) from the panel.
to enter names on a panel or other official list.
Also, empanel.
Origin of impanel
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English empanellen < Anglo-French empaneller. See em-1, panel
Related forms
impanelment, noun
unimpaneled, adjective
unimpanelled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impanel
  • Thereafter, in the event the court excuses one of the initially selected jurors, it may then impanel the alternate.
  • If the offender was tried by a jury, the trial court shall impanel a new jury for the hearing.
  • The trial court concluded that no exceptional sentence could be considered because it lacked the authority to impanel a jury.
  • Having the information available beforehand, he said, can greatly decrease the time needed to impanel a jury.
  • The court may impanel alternate jurors to hear a case.
  • Lowering the threshold would also increase costs to the court system and make it harder to impanel a sufficient number of jurors.
  • When so directed by the court, each constable has the same powers as sheriffs to call and impanel jurors, except in capital cases.
  • impanel juries and record challenges, services and compensation due jurors and collect fees from attorneys.
British Dictionary definitions for impanel


verb (transitive) (law) -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
to enter on a list (names of persons to be summoned for jury service)
to select (a jury) from the names on such a list
Derived Forms
empanelment, impanelment, noun


verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
a variant spelling (esp US) of empanel
Derived Forms
impanelment, noun
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