Directed Verdict Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Directed Verdict, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Directed Verdict?

n. A jury’s verdict which is directed by a trial judge resulting in delivering a particular verdict because one of the parties failed to present credible testimony on a key element of the defense or claim. While a criminal case judge may direct a verdict of acquittal, the judge cannot direct a verdict of guilty. This cannot occur because it would deprive the accused of their constitutional right to a jury trial.