Direction To Acquit

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Definition: Direction To Acquit

Full Definition of Direction To Acquit

A trial judge may ‘direct the jury to acquit’ on a matter of law. For example, if the prosecution has not satisfied the evidential burden (see: Evidential burden), the jury is unnecessary. It is not the jury’s job to rule on points of law, but on points of fact. If there are not enough facts, the jury cannot make a decision even if it accepted the prosecution’s case without reservation. This archaic process of ‘direction to acquit’ stems from the fact that, technically, the defendant is in the charge of the jury, not the court.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Direction To Acquit are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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