Definition of empanel in English:


(also impanel)

verbempanels, empanelling, empanelled; US empaneling, empaneled

[with object]
  • 1Enlist or enrol (a jury).

    • ‘He could have gone to the U.S. attorney and empaneled a grand jury.’
    • ‘The district attorney in neighboring Nassau County decided not to impanel a grand jury.’
    • ‘A federal grand jury was empaneled in 1996, and he subpoenaed witnesses to testify.’
    • ‘The U.S. attorney in the district can impanel a grand jury if they feel that there is evidence warranting a criminal investigation.’
    • ‘Recounts were mounted, grand juries were empanelled, and the FBI was called in.’
    • ‘A grand jury subpoena is available only when the government has sufficient grounds to believe a crime has been committed to go to the trouble of empaneling a grand jury.’
    • ‘There was talk of empaneling a grand jury to go over some of that evidence.’
    • ‘Then they empaneled a grand jury and brought DAs from every county around Colorado, and they all came to the same conclusion.’
    • ‘It might command the sheriff to require a defendant to appear and show cause; to seize property unless a defendant justified the keeping of it; to empanel a jury; and so on.’
    • ‘The judge came up with a novel solution, though he had his doubts about whether it was legal: Why not impanel two juries to decide the same trial?’
    • ‘After the trial commenced, but before a jury was empanelled, counsel embarked on a series of applications relating primarily to the admissibility of evidence.’
    • ‘On the day fixed for trial the jury was empanelled.’
    • ‘I reckon that as a lawyer, it probably takes us about 30 minutes to impanel a jury.’
    • ‘One idea has been to impanel two juries - one that would not be death-qualified, to decide upon guilt or innocence, and a second death-qualified one to decide on the penalty following a guilty verdict.’
    • ‘He gives jury pool members a chance to be disqualified if they know any of the parties or witnesses, then he empanels the 12-person jury.’
    1. 1.1Enrol (someone) on to a jury.
      ‘several of her friends have been empanelled’
      • ‘TMZ obtained the juror questionnaires - filled out by all of the prospective jurors before they were empanelled on the jury to determine the fate of the man accused of murdering her family.’
      • ‘He allegedly empaneled his daughter as a juror in his courtroom and discussed her feelings about the case with her between the time when the verdict was reached and sentencing occurred.’
      • ‘After being indicted, he pulled together lists of prospective jurors in his case, then a list of the 14 people empaneled to hear his case.’
      • ‘As I sat there for five very long, quiet hours wondering whether I'd be impaneled, I had plenty of time to decide what I was going to write about.’


Late Middle English from Anglo-Norman French empaneller, from em- ‘in’ + Old French panel ‘panel’.



/ɪmˈpan(ə)l/ /ɛmˈpan(ə)l/