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mistrial

[mis-trahy-uh l, -trahyl] /mɪsˈtraɪ əl, -ˈtraɪl/
noun, Law.
1.
a trial terminated without conclusion on the merits of the case because of some error in the proceedings.
2.
an inconclusive trial, as where the jury cannot agree.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; mis-1 + trial
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British Dictionary definitions for mist rial

mistrial

/mɪsˈtraɪəl/
noun
1.
a trial made void because of some error, such as a defect in procedure
2.
(in the US) an inconclusive trial, as when a jury cannot agree on a verdict
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Word Origin and History for mist rial

mistrial

n.

1620s; see mis- (1) + trial (n.).

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Encyclopedia Article for mist rial

mistrial

in law, a trial that has been terminated and declared void before the tribunal can hand down a decision or render a verdict. The termination of a trial prematurely nullifies the preceding proceedings as if they had not taken place. Therefore, should another trial on the same charges, with the same defendants, be ordered, that trial would start from the beginning, with the previous testimony or other findings not necessarily relevant in the new court proceedings.

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