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Sealed Verdict

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A decision reached by the jury when the court is not in session, which is placed in a closed envelope by the jurors, who then separate.

A sealed verdict is opened and read when the court reconvenes, and it has the same effect as if it had been returned in open court before the jury separated. However, the court holds that a sealed verdict is merely an agreement reached by the jurors and does not become final until it is read into the record and the jurors are discharged.

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