general verdict rule

Definition of "general verdict rule"
  1. A legal principle assuming that if a jury delivers a broad decision supporting one side, it's considered to have ruled in favor of that party on every question presented
How to use "general verdict rule" in a sentence
  1. In the controversial case, the court applied the general verdict rule, assuming the jury had decided in favor of the defendant on all counts.
  2. Given the general verdict rule, the judge inferred that the jury had decided every issue in favor of the plaintiff.
  3. The general verdict rule led to the presumption that the jury found all points for the accused, following their broad decision.

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