jail delivery.

1. An escape by several prisoners from a jail.

2. Archaic. A clearing procedure by which all prisoners at a given jail are tried for the offenses that they are accused of having committed.

general jail delivery. Collectively, acquittals in high numbers as a result of either lax or reckless administration of the law or defects in the law.

3. Archaic. The commission issued to judges of assize, directing them to clear a jail by trying ¡ª and either acquitting or condemning ¡ª all the inmates.

4. Archaic. The court charged with the trial of all ordinary criminal cases. ¡ª Also written gaol delivery. See COMMISSION OF GAOL DELIVERY.

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