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A verdict is a conclusion, as to fact or law, that forms the basis for the court's judgment. Compare with a directed verdict: A directed verdict is a verdict rendered by a judge who takes the issue away from a jury. Strictly speaking, the judge directs the jury to render the particular verdict.

Typically a directed verdict is in a case in which the plaintiff has failed to present on the facts of his case proper evidence for jury consideration, and the trial judge orders the entry of a verdict without allowing the jury to consider it.