One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A trial rendered invalid through an error in the proceedings.
- ‘The criminal charges were withdrawn in September 2002, after the original trial was declared a mistrial.’
- ‘Can mistrials be declared based on post-verdict misconduct?’
- ‘Notwithstanding my declaration of a mistrial, the parties have consented to my hearing the applications and to all the evidence that I have heard applying to these applications.’
- ‘At that point, the plaintiff moved that I declare a mistrial based on a reasonable apprehension that I am biased in favour of the defendant.’
- ‘It was my intention to declare a mistrial as opposed to an adjournment for the following reasons.’
- 1.1US An inconclusive trial, such as one in which the jury cannot agree on a verdict.
- ‘In the US where there is trial by jury, the presiding judge can rule a mistrial, leading to the trial beginning anew.’
- ‘Because if they are stymied, if they are making no progress, if this, you know, somehow were to end in a mistrial or a hung jury, that's a victory for the defense.’
- ‘We will go in-depth on the latest developments on the jury deliberations, including the possibility of a mistrial.’
- ‘The first, held this summer, ended in a mistrial because the jury deadlocked.’
- ‘With the high likelihood of a hung jury, which I understand would be a mistrial, I'm wondering what happens to the defendant.’
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