Making the Final Decision
There is no way to predict how long it will take for the final decision to be made, or “come down.” Part of the prediction depends on how complicated the case is. The more complicated the case is, the more likely it is to take a long time to decide. Essentially, the more argument there is about what version of facts should be believed, the longer it will take the finder of fact to come to a decision.
Jury Instructions and Verdict Form
If the decision is to be made by the jury, the judge will inform the jurors of the elements of the rules that apply in the case and what facts have to be true to meet the elements. These are called “jury instructions.”
With those instructions is something called a “verdict form.” This ...