manifest necessity

Definition of "manifest necessity"
  1. The term refers to a situation, such as a serious mistake in the legal pleadings, the inability to reach an important witness, unlawful conduct of a jury member, or the sickness of a lawyer, which is so intense and unexpected that it makes it impossible to carry out a trial or reach a fair outcome, requiring the declaration of a mistrial
How to use "manifest necessity" in a sentence
  1. Due to the absence of a key witness in the middle of the trial, the judge determined there was a manifest necessity for a mistrial.
  2. The misconduct of the jury member during the trial was seen as a manifest necessity for the declaration of a mistrial by the court.
  3. The sudden illness of the defense counsel rendered him unable to continue, and the court acknowledged a manifest necessity to declare a mistrial.

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