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Can a Judge Overturn a Jury Verdict?

Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses Can A Judge Overturn A Jury Verdict

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The answer to this question is yes. In any trial the judge is the ultimate decision maker. The judge has the power in some rare cases to overturn a jury verdict. For instance, if a jury returns a $10 million verdict in a case that clearly is only worth $10,000.00, then the judge can overturn that. This would be on the grounds of the jury award is excessive. Likewise in some states if the jury award is inadequate the judge may overturn the verdict. This is on the grounds of it being inadequate. That is, too low.

Also if the judge decides that during the trial there was some error by the judge then the judge can overturn the jury verdict. This error may be on a matter of procedure. The error may be on the basis of evidence that the jury should or should not have heard. For those reasons a judge may order a new trial. The new trial may be on all of the issues or on some of them.

Can A Judge Overturn A Jury Verdict?Judges Rarely Overturn Verdicts

It is very rare that a judge overturns a jury verdict. Jury verdicts are special. They are given great respect. They represent a statement of the community. An injury attorney is attuned to these issues.

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