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Directed Verdict

defendant criminal procedure jury

A procedural device whereby the decision in a case is taken out of the hands of the jury by the judge.

A verdict is generally directed in a jury trial where there is no other possible conclusion because the side with the BURDEN OF PROOF has not offered sufficient evidence to establish a PRIMA FACIE case.

A directed verdict is provided for by federal and state rules of CIVIL PROCEDURE. In a criminal action, an acquittal may be directed in favor of a defendant, based upon rules of CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

A sample judgment on directed verdict, for the defendant.

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