§ 9-11-50. Motions for directed verdict

O.C.G.A.  § 9-11-50.  Motions for directed verdict and for judgment notwithstanding the verdict

The directed verdict is a good tool for any pro se to have in their court room skills if they know just enough to poke holes in a plaintiff junk debt buyer’s case but not quite enough to stand on their own and present a case in opposition.  Directed verdict is useful for several situations in the courtroom and of course, I’m not a lawyer but I do understand it’s application in limited terms such as to debt buyer cases and their lack of evidence or admissible evidence.

A very loosely constructed use of the motion for directed verdict follows and is presented at the conclusion of the plaintiff’s presenting of his case to the court:

Your Honor,  defendant moves for directed verdict – as  you can see from the lack of evidence, or admissible evidence, the Plaintiff cannot prove his case…”

If a judge agrees with you and grants you directed verdict the case is done and you get judgment all without having to otherwise present your defense and look foolish if you have no idea what you’re doing.  Also, the worst thing that can happen is the judge denies your request for directed verdict.  The case moves on to you to present your defense at that time.

(a)  Motion for directed verdict; when made; effect.

A motion for a directed verdict may be made at the close of the evidence offered by an opponent or at the close of the case. A party who moves for a directed verdict at the close of the evidence offered by an opponent may offer evidence in the event that a motion is not granted without having reserved the right to do so and to the same extent as if the motion had not been made. A motion for a directed verdict which is not granted is not a waiver of trial by jury even though all parties to the action have moved for directed verdicts. A motion for a directed verdict shall state the specific grounds therefor. The order of the court granting a motion for a directed verdict is effective without any assent of the jury. If there is no conflict in the evidence as to any material issue and the evidence introduced, with all reasonable deductions therefrom, shall demand a particular verdict, such verdict shall be directed.

Found in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated under:

Title 9: Civil Practice –> Chapter 11: Civil Practice Act –> Article 6: Trials

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