One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 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.’
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