Legal Definition and Related Resources of Jeopardy

Meaning of Jeopardy

In this sense, a person is said to be placed in jeopardy when he is put to trial in a court of competent jurisdiction on a valid accusatory pleading , before a trier of fact and if the trier of fact be a jury, when the jury has been duly empanelled and sworn. See People v Boyd, 99 Cat. Rptr. 553, 22 C.A.3d 714. Also see double jeopardy .

Jeopardy Alternative Definition

Peril; danger. See Baldw. (U. S.) 93. The usual technical use of the term is in connection with the rule of criminal law, that no person shall be twice put in jeopardy for the same offense. Const. U. S. art. 5, Amend. A person is “in jeopardy,” within this rule, when a trial jury is impanelled and sworn to try his case (83 Ind. 331; 18 N. Y. 128; 105 Pa. St. 1) upon issue joined (111 Ind. 47) by plea to a valid indictment (105 Mass. 53; 5 Md. 82) in a court of competent jurisdiction (7 Mich. 162; 48 N. J. Law, 371), and the jury has been charged with his deliverance (23 Pa. St. 12; 2 Kelly [Ga.] 60). Where the practice of charging the jury with the deliverance of the prisoner at the outset does not obtain, jeopardy attaches wh n the jury is sworn. / There are some holdings that jeopardy does not attach till after verdict. 5 Litt. (Ky.) 137; 1 Walk. (Miss.) 134.

Jeopardy Legal Definition

The peril in which an accused is placed. After that, the accused may not be tried later for the same offense. See doublejeopardy.

Synonyms of Jeopardy


  • crisis
  • danger
  • dangerous situation
  • dangerousness
  • endangerment
  • hazard
  • imperilment
  • insecurity
  • instability
  • menace
  • peril
  • perilousness
  • precariousness
  • risk
  • threat
  • uncertainty
  • unsafety
  • vulnerability
  • Associated Concepts: double jeopardy
  • former jeopardy
  • placed in jeopardyforeign phrases: Nemo bispuniturpro eodern delicto
  • No one can be punished twice for the same offense

Related Entries of Jeopardy in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Jeopardy in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Autrefois Acquit, Autrefois Convict, Bill Of Particulars, Danger, Double Jeopardy.

Translate Jeopardy from English to Spanish

Translation of Jeopardy, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Doble enjuiciamiento and other legal terms is available here.


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Meaning of Jeopardy in Spanish

Description/ translation of jeopardy into Spanish: (in the law of the United States/ en el derecho de los Estados Unidos) attachment of jeopardy: en el contexto de la cosa juzgada, momento en que se considera iniciado el primer procesamiento (es decir, se genera la primera jeopardy); este momento se produce cuando se constituye el Jurado y presta juramento. (SUG) comienzo del juicio o de la fase oral; double jeopardy: (principio de la) cosa juzgada[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where jeopardy belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Jeopardy published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Double Jeopardy.
  • Jeopardy Definition (in the Accounting Vocabulary)

    The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants offers the following definition of Jeop
    in a way that is easy for anybody to understand: If the IRS believes that collection of tax appears to be in jeopardy (danger of being uncollected), it may immediately assess and collect such tax. The intermediate steps are bypassed.



    See Also

    • double jeopardy


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