What does Verdict mean?
The verdict is the jury's decision in a criminal or civil case. The verdict is announced after the selected jurors hear the evidence from both the plaintiff and the defendant. Prior to announcing the verdict the judge must provide instructions to the jury and give them time to deliberate, which can be hours, days or weeks. During deliberation the jury may request more information about evidence they heard at trial prior to making their verdict.
If they find for the plaintiff in a civil case it means they believed the plaintiff presented enough evidence to convince them their injuries or loss was caused by the defendant through a preponderance of evidence. The jury may also be allowed to determine the appropriate compensation for damages. If the jury cannot reach a verdict, which means there was not a unanimous decision or in certain states a majority vote, the court may dismiss the case through a mistrial and allow the plaintiff to file their injury case again.