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Definition of Directed Verdict

A directed verdict is a verdict that a judge has taken from the jury or ordered the jury to find without deliberation. A directed verdict is done when the prosecution or the defense lawyer does not have the ability to prove their case sufficiently and the evidence is very weak either in favor for the plaintiff or the defendant.

Directed verdicts can also be made after the plaintiff or defendant makes a motion for a directed verdict, specifically asking the court to issue a directed verdict in that party's favor. These motions are generally not granted until both sides in the case have presented their arguments. Directed verdicts do not happen very often because generally there is some evidence that could create reasonable doubt and should be evaluated by the jury or judge during the trial phase.

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