Panel Meaning in the U.S. Court System

In appellate cases, a group of judges (usually three) assigned to decide the case. (2) In the jury selection process, the group of potential jurors. (3) The list of attorneys who are both available and qualified to serve as court-appointed counsel for criminal defendants who cannot afford their own counsel.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Panel

(You may find panel at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

early 14c., from Old French panel “piece of cloth, piece, saddle cushion” (Modern French panneau), from Vulgar Latin *pannellus, diminutive of Latin pannus “piece of cloth” (see pane). Anglo-French legalese sense of “piece of parchment (cloth) listing jurors” led by late 14c. to meaning “jury.” General sense of “persons called on to advise, judge, discuss,” etc. is from 1570s. Sense of “distinct part of surface of a wall, door, etc.” is first recorded c. 1600.

Panel (Appellate Process)



Panel in Global Commerce Policy

In this regard, panel is: an independent group of three experts established by the Dispute Settlement Body to examine and issue recommendations on particular dispute in the light of WTO provisions. Sometimes used figuratively for the actual finding or decision made by a panel. Panels are not guided by extraneous factors or rules established outside the WTO framework. See also dispute settlement and Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes.[1]

Panelin the wold Encyclopedia

For an introductory overview on international trade policy, see this entry.


Notes and References

  1. Dictionary of Trade Policy, “Panel” entry (OAS)

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