Verdict Contrary to Law Law and Legal Definition
Verdict contrary to law refers to a verdict that the law does not authorize a jury to render because the conclusion drawn is not justified by the evidence. The judge has discretionary power to interfere with the jury verdict in order to avoid extreme and unreasonable jury decisions. The judge can intervene in the verdict of the jury by overruling the decision of a jury and reversing or amending their verdict. Reversal of a jury's verdict by a judge occurs when the judge believes that there was insufficient facts on which to base the jury’s verdict, or that the verdict did not correctly apply the law. Verdict contrary to law is also called wrong verdicts.