Life-Qualified Jury Law and Legal Definition

Life-qualified jury means a jury selected from a panel from which the judge has excluded anyone who is death qualified, if the defendant is found guilty. A juror is death qualified if s/he is unable or unwilling to consider a sentence of life imprisonment, instead of death penalty. A life-qualified jury is mostly appointed in a case involving capital crime. In order to serve on a life-qualified jury in a death penalty case, a juror must life qualified. A juror is not life qualified if s/he would automatically impose a death sentence after a guilty verdict, without considering mitigating factors.