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Erroneous, invalid, nugatory trial, so declared and brought to an end by the trial judge without a determination on the merits of the case. Mistrials are caused by fundamental and incurable error in following the due process, serious misconduct during trial, or where a jury cannot unanimously agree on the verdict. The trial must start anew, with the selection of a new jury.

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After three of the seven jurors were found to be direct relatives of the defendant, the judge had no choice but to call on mistrial.
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The evidence gathered during the trial to be used against the defendant was obtained illegally and without warrants, making it invalid to be used to convict him which resulted in a mistrial.
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Sometimes there will be an error made during a trial and if that is the case the lawyer will call for a mistrial and hope there is not another attempt.
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