Special Interrogatory – a written question about the facts (as a form of discovery), directed to the jury, whose answer is required to supplement a general verdict (upon request for a special verdict or special findings)

special interrogatory:

1. A written jury question whose answer is required to supplement a general verdict.  *  This term is not properly used in federal practice, which authorizes interrogatories and special verdicts, but not special interrogatories. Fed. R. Civ. P. 49.  The term is properly used, however, in the courts of some states. — aka special issue. [1]

1. Interrogatories contained in or referred to in a bill in equity, constituting a definite part of such a bill according to traditional equity practice.  27 Am J2d Equity § 181.  

1. Interrogatories directed to the jury upon a request for a special verdict or special findings.  51 Am J1st Trial § 1005. [2]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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