- A decision delivered by a jury that addresses the charges as outlined in the indictment, and confirms the legally specified findings for a specific accusation. The findings may include determined as guilty, not guilty, or guilty of a less severe crime that is included within the major charge
- The jury's responsive verdict found the accused guilty of the lesser included offense.
- The court waited anxiously for the responsive verdict, which had the power to determine the fate of the accused.
- A responsive verdict is often anticipated eagerly by both the defense and the prosecution as it puts an end to speculation and presents definitive outcomes.