A verdict is a jury’s decision at the end of the trial. In a criminal trial, the jury’s verdict will determine whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty. In a civil trial, the jury’s verdict will state which party is liable (we don’t say guilty in a civil case) to the other party and the amount of compensation owed.
Typically in a criminal trial, the verdict does not include the punishment (sentence) for the defendant. The judge, not the jury, is responsible for sentencing in a criminal trial.« Back to Glossary Index