Deliberate Law and Legal Definition

The term deliberate is subject to different meanings, but in a legal context, it may be used to refer to the process by which jurors discuss evidence presented in a case in order to harm onize their opinions and reach a consensus on the issues to be decided. The jury has a duty to consider all the evidence and arguments presented after both parties present the final arguments in their case and the judge gives the jury its instructions. Jurors are presumed to confine their opinions to the matters presented in the case and not on information gained outside the courtroom. The length of time taken for the jurors to deliberate does not affect the validity of the verdict.