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    Mistrial is a trial that has been ended and declared void (of no legal effect) due to prejudicial error in the proceedings or other extraordinary circumstances.

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)

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    Mistrial can be defined as a trial which has been terminated and declared void prior to the reaching of verdict due to extraordinary circumstance, serious prejudicial misconduct or hung jury - it does not result in a judgment for any party but merely indicates a failure of trial

    New York State Unified Court System. “Glossary of Legal Terms” (2016)

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    An invalid trial caused by some legal error. When a judge declares a mistrial, the trial must start again from the beginning, including the selection of a new jury.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    Definition of mistrial: a trial that the judge has ended and declared void before the verdict because of some extraordinary circumstance or some fundamental error that cannot be cured by appropriate instructions to a the jury.

    Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)

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    A trial that has been terminated prior to its normal conclusion. It may be declared by the judge because of some extraordinary event (e.g., death or illness of juror or attorney), for prejudicial error that cannot be corrected in that trial, or because of a deadlocked jury.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)

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    An erroneous or invalid trial; a trial whose result cannot stand because of lack of jurisdiction, improper drawing of jurors, or disregard of some other fundamental requisite. A trial that the judge brings to an end without a determination on the merits because of a procedural error or serious misconduct during the proceedings; a trial that ends inconclusively because the jury cannot agree on a verdict.

    State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)