The conclusion of a jury,
or of a judge in a non-jury case, of what the facts are or were. A verdict,
being a finding of fact, is different from a judgment
or a judicial decision. The trial court may choose to accept or to disregard
the verdict in determining judgment.
A verdict achieved by some juror giving in on one of his or her
misgivings in exchange for another juror’s doing the same, in order to avoid a
deadlock or extended period of deliberation. Such an exchange, although
considered improper, happens often.
A verdict that simply declares which side wins, without finding
any special facts to be true.
A verdict in a criminal case that finds the defendant guilty of
some charges but innocent of others.
An improper verdict in a damage case, whereby the jurors find
the arithmetic mean of what they think are appropriate damages; that is, the
total of what each juror believes should be awarded, divided by the number of
jurors to arrive at the amount of the award.
A jury verdict that sets forth findings on the merits of each
factual issue posed by the court, then used by the court in applying the law
to the facts that were found to have merit. When applied in a criminal case,
where the judge directs the jury to render special verdicts on specific charges
in a case, such action has been declared to be unconstitutional, as the
defendant is entitled to a general verdict.