Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Hung Jury Definition:

A jury which is unable to arrive at a required unanimous or near unanimous verdict.

Related Terms: Jury

A jury is required to make a unanimous or near unanimous verdict. When the jurors, after full debate and discussion, are unable to agree on a verdict and are deadlocked with differences of opinion that appear to be irreconcilable, it is said to be a hung jury.

The result is a mistrial.

The office of the Attorney General for California defines a hung jury as:

"A hung jury occurs when jurors cannot unanimously agree on a verdict of either guilty or not guilty, followed by the judge declaring a mistrial. The case may or may not be retried, at the discretion of the prosecutor."

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