compromise verdict


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compromise verdict

n. a decision made by a jury in which the jurors split the difference between the high amount of damages which one group of jurors feel is justified and the low amount other jurors favor. Since this is a "chance" verdict not computed on a careful determination of the damages, it may do an injustice to one party or the other, and is thus misconduct, which can result in an appeals court overturning the verdict. (See: verdict)

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Fish,(152) for instance, the court ordered a new trial after the jury returned what appeared to be just such a compromise verdict on damages.
Castro appealed the judgment of conviction, contending that the trial court erred in refusing to conduct a full hearing to determine whether the jury had reached a compromise verdict and in denying his motion for a new trial based on juror misconduct.
After reviewing two related cases, Campbell agreed to give the jury the compromise verdict form when they begin deliberations, which could start next week.
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19) Moreover, courts feared that an instruction regarding the legal consequences to the defendant of any verdict would distract the jury from its factfinding role and invite compromise verdicts.
Try to prevent compromise verdicts when you know your case is strong.

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