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peremptory challenge

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Definition of peremptory challenge in English:

noun

Law
A defendant’s or lawyer’s objection to a proposed juror, made without needing to give a reason: attorneys used their peremptory challenges to exclude jurors based on the crudest racial stereotypes [mass noun]: the extent of peremptory challenge
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  • When an attorney exercises peremptory challenges, she uses her discretion to reject potential jurors who are not, objectively speaking, objectionable.
  • Other than the preliminary vetting by the trial judge, there is a challenge for cause, peremptory challenges and the oath of the juror.
  • There is no limit as to how many jurors can be removed under this cause, but peremptory challenges has a definite number that a lawyer may use.

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