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In law, a verdict indicates the judgment of a case before a court of law.

In a criminal case, the verdict is either an acquittal (Not Guilty) or a conviction (Guilty), except in Scotland which also has the verdict of Not Proven available to a jury.

Different counts may have different verdicts, and a conviction will be followed by sentencing.

In a civil case, the verdict may be a judgment such as ordering one party to pay money to the other.

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Verdict - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (285 words)
In a criminal case, the verdict is either a "not guilty" or a "guilty" finding, except in Scotland where the verdict of "not proven" is also available.
A verdict of guilty in a criminal case is generally followed by a judgment of conviction rendered by the judge, which in turn will be followed by sentencing.
A verdict is also issued by the coroner at the conclusion of an inquest into sudden deaths: possible verdicts include death by misadventure, accidental death, unlawful killing, lawful killing, suicide, natural causes and an open verdict.
verdict: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (1156 words)
In criminal cases, however, a verdict of not guilty generally cannot be modified, and the accused must be discharged; the judge may in certain circumstances disregard a verdict of guilty.
A chance verdict is one that has been determined not by deliberation but by a form of chance, such as the flip of a coin or the drawing of lots.
It is a verdict ordered by the court after the evidence has been presented and the court finds it insufficient for a jury to return a verdict for the side with the burden of proof.
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