Definition of empanel in English:

empanel

(also impanel)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Enlist or enrol (a jury).

    • ‘He could have gone to the U.S. attorney and empaneled a grand 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the day fixed for trial the jury was empanelled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The U.S. attorney in the district can impanel a grand jury if they feel that there is evidence warranting a criminal investigation.’
    • ‘A federal grand jury was empaneled in 1996, and he subpoenaed witnesses to testify.’
    • ‘The district attorney in neighboring Nassau County decided not to impanel a grand jury.’
    • ‘Then they empaneled a grand jury and brought DAs from every county around Colorado, and they all came to the same conclusion.’
    • ‘Recounts were mounted, grand juries were empanelled, and the FBI was called in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I reckon that as a lawyer, it probably takes us about 30 minutes to impanel a jury.’
    • ‘There was talk of empaneling a grand jury to go over some of that evidence.’
    1. 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French empaneller, from em- ‘in’ + Old French panel ‘panel’.

Pronunciation

empanel

/ɪmˈpan(ə)l//ɛmˈpan(ə)l/