What Does a Verdict Mean?
A verdict is the decision, which may be read out loud by the judge or by the foreperson of the jury. Sometimes, if the judge is trying the case (a bench trial), the judge may send you her decision in the mail.
The most important thing to know about a verdict is that it’s the decision of the court, but there’s more that needs to be done to make it effective.
There’s an old saying, “The court speaks through its orders.” What the court says is one thing; what the court actually puts down in writing in an order is quite another. Basically, if the court says something, and it’s not in an order, no one can act on it. Therefore, once the verdict is rendered, an order of judgment must be prepared in conformity with that verdict. ...