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A special verdict is the jury's response to a specific set of factual questions posed to the jury. A special verdict is used to decide all the material issues in a case so that the court can enter a judgment. The advantages gained by using a special verdict are that there is no need to instruct the jury on the law. The jury does not need to understand the law. However, a special verdict should be structured to cover all disputed issues. The disadvantages of using special verdicts are that it may be very difficult for the jury to reach a unanimous verdict. The jury may also make inconsistent findings. Note: The court may interpret and reconcile the inconsistent findings and make a judgment.

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