Definition of special verdict in English:

special verdict


  • 1A verdict that requires an answer to one or more specific detailed questions, with the application of the law left up to the judge.

    • ‘No application was made to the trial judge for a special verdict.’
    1. 1.1 A verdict that an accused person is not guilty by reason of insanity.
      • ‘Somebody decided to take a special verdict.’
      • ‘The acquittal will take the form of the special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity resulting in committal to a mental hospital.’
      • ‘The jury were asked to render a special verdict.’
      • ‘Trembling at what it might feel like to hear a man sentenced to death, I steel myself and stare at the special verdict form.’
      • ‘I have been asked several times whether I am in favour of a special verdict.’