Definition of per pais in English:

per pais


historical Law
  • Especially with reference to a criminal trial: before or by one's fellow countrymen, especially as represented by a jury. Chiefly in "trial per pais". Compare "country" and the note there.


per pais

/pəː ˈpeɪ/ /pəː ˈpeɪz/


Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Selden (1584–1654), lawyer and historical and linguistic scholar. From Anglo-Norman par pais before witnesses, before a jury from par, per through, by + pais jury.