General Verdict

Definition - What does General Verdict mean?

A general verdict is the final decision that is made by a jury after it has heard a case. General verdicts can include such decisions as whether or not a criminal defendant is guilty, or which party in a civil suit wins the case. If a jury decides that the defendant is guilty, then the judge will sentence the defendant.

Justipedia explains General Verdict

In court cases, someone, or some group, must make a decision about which party made the more convincing argument. If no one did this, then there would be no point to lawsuits. The role of a jury is to make such decisions. The general verdict is just the name for the jury's final decision about the case. Juries are not always use to decide the outcome of trials. Sometimes it is just a judge. In military court martials, a tribunal is often used to make decisions.

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