directed verdict
directed verdict see verdict

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

directed verdict
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Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


directed verdict
n.
Judgment granted for the defendant by a judge without letting the jury consider the matter in a case where the plaintiff does not meet the requirements for presenting a prima facie case.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


directed verdict
a verdict ordered by a court rather than waiting for a jury deliberation.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


directed verdict
A ruling by a judge, typically made after the plaintiff has presented all of its evidence but before the defendant puts on its case, that awards judgment to the defendant. A directed verdict is usually made because the judge concludes the plaintiff has failed to offer the minimum amount of evidence to prove the case even if there were no opposition. In other words, the judge is saying that, as a matter of law, no reasonable jury could decide in the plaintiff's favor. In a criminal case, a directed verdict is a judgment of acquittal for the defendant.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


directed verdict
A procedural device whereby the decision in a case is taken out of the hands of the jury by the judge.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


directed verdict
I
A procedural device whereby the decision in a case is taken out of the hands of the jury by the judge.
II In a case in which the plaintiff has failed to present on the facts of his case proper evidence for jury consideration, the trial judge may order the entry of a verdict without allowing the jury to consider it.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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 that 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.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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