Special Jury Law and Legal Definition

Special jury means a jury chosen specifically for a case from a panel of jurors. A special jury is selected at a party’s request in an unusually important or complicated case. At common law it is a jury composed of persons above the rank of ordinary freeholders, usually summoned to try more important questions than those heard by ordinary juries. The court may order a special jury upon the application of any party in a complex civil case. The party applying for a special jury shall pay the expense incurred by having a special jury, which may be allowed as part of the costs of the case. The allowance of a special jury rests within the sound discretion of the judge. However, the granting of a special jury is to be limited to complex civil cases. It is also called as a struck jury or good jury