Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The trial and disposition of all the prisoners in a jail.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal law. The delivery or clearing of a gaol of the prisoners confined therein, by trying them. In popular speech, the clearing of a gaol by the escape of the prisoners.
    —General gaol delivery. In English law. At the assizes (q. v.) the judges sit by virtue of five several authorities, one of which is the commission of "general gaol delivery." This empowers them to try and deliverance make of every prisoner who shall be in the gaol when the judges arrive at the circuit town, whether an indictment has been preferred at any previous assize or not 4 Bl. Comm. 270. This is also a part of the title of some American criminni courts, as, in Pennsylvania, the "court of oyer and terminer and general jail delivery."