Definition of mistrial in English:


Syllabification: mis·tri·al
Pronunciation: /ˈmisˌtrī(ə)l


  • 1A trial rendered invalid through an error in the proceedings.
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    • The criminal charges were withdrawn in September 2002, after the original trial was declared a mistrial.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.1US An inconclusive trial, such as one in which the jury cannot agree on a verdict.
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    • 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.
    • 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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