Directed Verdict

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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

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