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Directed Verdict

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

directed verdict

n. a verdict by a jury based on the specific direction by a trial judge that they must bring in that verdict because one of the parties has not proved his/her/its case as a matter of law (failed to present credible testimony on some key element of the claim or of the defense). A judge in a criminal case may direct a verdict of acquittal on the basis the prosecution has not proved its case, but the judge may not direct a verdict of guilty, since that would deprive the accused of the constitutional right to a jury trial. (See: judgment, verdict, element, acquittal, jury trial)

See: nonsuit

directed verdict

a verdict ordered by a court preventing the matter being considered by the jury, the matter being determined by law rather than fact.
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Defense lawyers can ask a judge for a directed verdict at the end of testimony.
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Since the directed verdict cannot be appealed, the case, at last, is closed.
It was too late to bring in a new expert, so we decided that our only options were to settle the case or to do our best to survive a directed verdict an d recover with the cross-examination of the defendant's engineering expert.
There will be an opportunity to deal with the judgment as well as post-trial motions for a new trial and to set aside the directed verdict.
A prima facie case Pets the plaintiff nest a directed verdict in a jury case or a motion to dismiss in a nonjury case.
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After a three and one-half week trial, and close of evidence, the district court granted a directed verdict in favor of Vlingo on Nuance's unsubstantiated claim of willful infringement.
In the end, we were able to obtain a directed verdict from the Court on our third cause of action and a unanimous jury verdict in our favor in under three hours on our other two causes of action.
Perez moved for a directed verdict, telling Judge Janet Kenton-Walker that the charges had not been proven.

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