Motion for Directed Verdict (MDV) Law and Legal Definition

Motion for Directed Verdict is a request to the court to issue a directed verdict. It is a party’s request that the court enter judgment in its favor before submitting the case to the jury because there is no legally sufficient evidentiary foundation on which a reasonable jury could find for the other party. This motion is made before a case is submitted to the jury. If a motion for a directed verdict is made and dismissed, the trial continues normally as if the motion was never made. In federal court, a motion for judgment as a matter of law is made instead, and has the same effect.