special verdict

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Noun1.special verdict - a verdict rendered on certain specific factual issues posed by the court without finding for one party or the other
finding of fact, verdict - (law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
general verdict - an ordinary verdict declaring which party prevails without any special findings of fact
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And they made it a special verdict, I think,' said the undertaker, 'by adding some words to the effect, that if the relieving officer had--'
They are sometimes induced to find special verdicts, which refer the main question to the decision of the court.
A jury convicted Cates on the civil-rights count, acquitted him on the firearm count, and found by special verdict that he committed aggravated sexual abuse.
reliance on element-by-element special verdict forms that impede
Consultant psychiatrists for both the prosecution and the defence testified he was entitled to a special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.
The jury also returned a special verdict determining that Chase should be ordered to forfeit all property derived from, involved in, or traceable to his criminal activities, to include his Naples residence.
Automobile collision; comparative negligence; single claimant and defendant; no counterclaim; no-fault issue; witnesses testifying in foreign language; instructions for beginning and end of case; use of special verdict in burden of proof and damage instructions
The trial, which began earlier in May, had only one question to be answered in the special verdict form, whether Google's use of the Java APIs would be deemed as "fair use".
Other important areas for preserving issues for appeal and avoiding reversal on are jury instructions and special verdict forms, which should be accurate when submitted and reflect the law in light of the issues and facts.
The special verdict is plagued by two philosophical paradoxes: the discursive dilemma and the lottery paradox.
49) Second, the form of verdict submitted--whether it is a traditional general verdict, a special verdict, or a general verdict with interrogatories--may be relevant to the likelihood of inconsistencies in the verdict, which in turn may determine the applicability of the flowchart verdict sheets.
A court may take into account juror affidavits only to clarify errors in deliberation, such as when juror confusion is apparent from a nonsensical verdict or there are obvious errors such as omissions or confusion on a special verdict sheet.

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