One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Enlist or enrol (a jury).
- ‘Recounts were mounted, grand juries were empanelled, and the FBI was called in.’
- ‘On the day fixed for trial the jury was empanelled.’
- ‘I reckon that as a lawyer, it probably takes us about 30 minutes to impanel a jury.’
- ‘After the trial commenced, but before a jury was empanelled, counsel embarked on a series of applications relating primarily to the admissibility of evidence.’
- ‘There was talk of empaneling a grand jury to go over some of that evidence.’
- ‘The district attorney in neighboring Nassau County decided not to impanel a grand jury.’
- ‘It might command the sheriff to require a defendant to appear and show cause; to seize property unless a defendant justified the keeping of it; to empanel a jury; and so on.’
- ‘The judge came up with a novel solution, though he had his doubts about whether it was legal: Why not impanel two juries to decide the same trial?’
- ‘A grand jury subpoena is available only when the government has sufficient grounds to believe a crime has been committed to go to the trouble of empaneling a grand jury.’
- ‘He could have gone to the U.S. attorney and empaneled a grand jury.’
- ‘He gives jury pool members a chance to be disqualified if they know any of the parties or witnesses, then he empanels the 12-person jury.’
- ‘A federal grand jury was empaneled in 1996, and he subpoenaed witnesses to testify.’
- ‘One idea has been to impanel two juries - one that would not be death-qualified, to decide upon guilt or innocence, and a second death-qualified one to decide on the penalty following a guilty verdict.’
- ‘Then they empaneled a grand jury and brought DAs from every county around Colorado, and they all came to the same conclusion.’
- ‘The U.S. attorney in the district can impanel a grand jury if they feel that there is evidence warranting a criminal investigation.’
- 1.1 Enrol (someone) on to a jury.‘several of her friends have been empanelled’
- ‘As I sat there for five very long, quiet hours wondering whether I'd be impaneled, I had plenty of time to decide what I was going to write about.’
- ‘After being indicted, he pulled together lists of prospective jurors in his case, then a list of the 14 people empaneled to hear his case.’
- ‘TMZ obtained the juror questionnaires - filled out by all of the prospective jurors before they were empanelled on the jury to determine the fate of the man accused of murdering her family.’
- ‘He allegedly empaneled his daughter as a juror in his courtroom and discussed her feelings about the case with her between the time when the verdict was reached and sentencing occurred.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French empaneller, from em- ‘in’ + Old French panel ‘panel’.
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