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Mistrial is declared in criminal law trials when a case is dismissed prior to its normal conclusion. A mistrial has no legal force and is considered null. The judge usually awards a retrial on the same subject, with an important exception in the United States: the provision of double jeopardy in the Fifth Amendment prohibits retrial for the same offense if a mistrial is declared erroneously, if mistrial is declared against the defendant’s wishes, or if it is declared because of prosecutorial or judicial misconduct.
The most common event that leads to a mistrial is when a jury cannot reach consensus on a verdict. In this case, the jury is said to be “hung”and if no agreement can be reached even after repeated attempts, then the court may declare a mistrial.