Unsigned Verdict Form is an Irregularity in Trial Proceedings and Good Cause for Granting New Trial

California Code of Civil Procedure § 657, subd. (1), allows a new trial to be granted if there was an irregularity in the proceedings. Here, a jury trial was conducted and the jury was poled about their verdict, but the jurors never signed the verdict form. Defendant brought motion for new trial and the trial court granted the motion. California Court of Appeal affirmed.
Robin Mashal
Los Angeles, California
Commercial Litigation
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