Wilson County, TN Circuit Court
Wilson County, TN Circuit Court

Directed verdict

Directed verdict

1a verdict granted by the court when the party with the burden of proof has failed to present sufficient evidence of a genuine issue of material fact that must be submitted to a jury for its resolution 

  • the order of the court granting a motion for a directed verdict is effective without any assent of the jury
  •  —Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 50(a)
NOTE: Under Rule 50 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, judgment as a matter of law has replaced directed verdict in federal practice.

2a verdict of acquittal ordered by the court on the ground that the evidence is not sufficient to support a conviction when viewed in the light most favorable to the prosecution :

NOTE: Under Rule 29 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the term judgment of acquittal has replaced directed verdict in federal practice.
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