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special verdict

n. the jury's decisions or findings of fact with the application of the law to those facts left up to the judge, who will then render the final verdict. This type of limited verdict is used when the legal issues to be applied are complex or require difficult computation.

SPECIAL VERDICT, practice. A special verdict is one by which the facts of the case are put on the record, and the law is submitted to the judges. Vide Verdict; Bac. Ab. Verdict, D.

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At common law, a general verdict of "guilty"--as opposed to a special verdict that made particular factual findings--was thought to convict the defendant of every allegation in the indictment.
He told the jury: "The public interest would no longer be served by a special verdict.
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However, guided as we have been during this case by the views of the experts, we have reached the conclusion that the public interest would no longer be served by continuing to seek a special verdict from you.
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