general verdict rule
- 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
- In the controversial case, the court applied the general verdict rule, assuming the jury had decided in favor of the defendant on all counts.
- Given the general verdict rule, the judge inferred that the jury had decided every issue in favor of the plaintiff.
- The general verdict rule led to the presumption that the jury found all points for the accused, following their broad decision.