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directed verdict

(dĭ-rek′tĕd vĕr′dĭkt)
A determination of the outcome of a trial solely by a judge without input from a jury.
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Nonetheless, a defendant is still required to file a post-verdict motion for judgment in accordance with the prior motion for directed verdict to preserve the issue for appellate review.
When reviewing a motion for directed verdict in a negligence case, for example, a court does not waste time or effort deciding if the defendant can disprove causation because the defendant has no such burden.
1.480(a), a motion for directed verdict must state its specific grounds.
[15] For example, a party should renew its motion for judgment in accordance with motion for directed verdict, and should move for a new trial based on the manifest weight of the evidence.
The failure to make a motion for directed verdict has been held to waive sufficiency of the evidence issues on appeal.(23) There is authority under a previous version of the rules of procedure that would allow the issue to be presented on appeal as long as it was raised in a new trial motion,(24) but the safer course is to present the issue in both directed verdict and new trial motions.(25)
The most common motions authorized to toll rendition in civil cases are motions for new trial and motions for judgment in accordance with prior motion for directed verdict (f/k/a as a motion for JNOV).
A technical amendment to the rule clarifies that the time limits in this rule are based on service.[29] Subsection (b) now states "within 10 days after the return of a verdict, a party who has timely moved for a directed verdict may serve a motion to set aside the verdict and any judgment entered thereon and to enter judgment in accordance with the motion for directed verdict. If a verdict was not returned, a party who has timely moved for a directed verdict may serve a motion for judgment in accordance with the motion for a directed verdict within 10 days after discharge of the jury."