Delivering a Verdict in Civil Litigation


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When Jane arrived at court to sue her neighbor for allowing his dog to roam in her backyard, she brought evidence. Which of the following can NOT be classified as evidence?

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1. Judge Watson gave the jury a written list of questions to consider with regard to a case. What type of verdict does it seem like Judge Watson is considering?

2. After deliberating for over 59 hours, the jury emerged and informed the judge that they could not come to a consensus on the case. Why is such a scenario known as a 'hung jury'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Getting to the point where the judge or jury delivers a verdict can be an exacting process, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of some of the steps necessary to obtain a verdict. Some terms you will be tested on include special or general verdict, evidence, and burden of proof.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the definitions or concepts of:

  • Verdict and special verdict
  • The term for a jury that cannot reach a consensus
  • Preponderance of evidence
  • Examples of what can be classified as evidence

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of proper application of the law to the evidence in a judge or jury's rendering of a verdict
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding which party has the burden of proof and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the differing types of verdicts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding all the different ways that a civil court case can be concluded

Additional Learning

To learn more about the term verdict, review the accompanying lesson on Delivering a Verdict in Civil Litigation. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between the different types of verdicts
  • Define who are the parties to a civil litigation case and who bears the burden of proof in proving their case
  • Understanding how legal analysis, applying facts in evidence to the law, is integral to obtaining a verdict
  • Define ways that a case can be concluded if the judge or jury cannot reach a verdict