Yes, this happened. The judge also wants the plaintiffs to pay for the defense who submitted their fees. NOW, the plaintiffs want the judge to hear them regarding this directed verdict and not sure what else. What could possibly be changed at this point? The judge granted them (the plaintiff) a hearing. How does this happen? And, what type of changes can be made at this point?
This is called judgment notwithstanding the verdict, and while not frequent, is provided-for in the rules of procedure. It sounds like the plaintiff filed a motion for new trial or rehearing, which they are entitled to do. A notice of appeal will be due within thirty days of the judgment or the order disposing of motion for new trial/rehearing. The plaintiff will have the opportunity to appeal and the defendant would be well-served to hire an attorney to defend the appeal.
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There isn't a guilty verdict per se in a civil case. A judge can still enter a directed verdict if the jury made an incorrect legal determination. A motion for rehearing/reconsideration and then an appeal are the next steps.
You are still in the trial court. therefore it is litigation and not appeal.
First, there is no result called guilty or not guilty in a civil case.
There is a verdict for one side or the other and an award of damages if appropriate.
From the remainder of your questions it is obvious you have an attorney. You should, and probably have, asked your attorney these questions.
It may well be ypu did not understand as you thought there was a guilty verdict.
Perhaps you should ask qagain?
Or ifyour not satisfied with your attorney, you can retain a different one.
Without knowing the record, it would be impossible to answer the ramainder of your questions.
These are all good questions that have to be answered by your lawyer. There are simply too many variables to address this in a blurb,
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