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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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As a result of this deeply ingrained preference for general verdicts, it is widely agreed that special verdicts are improper in criminal cases.
Tools like special verdicts or interrogatories arc virtually useless under these circumstances.
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First, a special verdict form indicating that a defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder based on a premeditated murder theory would obviate the need for the trial court to perform the requisite felony murder analysis under Enmund v.
14, 2000, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth District issued a final decision that a series of special verdicts issued by the jury were irreconcilable.

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