From: Find Law
After both sides in a trial present all of their evidence, the jury goes to a private room with all the evidence and deliberates. The jury then votes on a verdict and presents it to the court. If you’ve seen television shows or movies that involve the jury process, you may have noticed that, at least some of the time, the jury must be unanimous in its verdict. At the same time, you may have also wondered when unanimous verdicts are required and what happens if a verdict cannot be reached.
Federal Court Jury Verdicts: Must be Unanimous
There are two court systems in the United States: federal and state courts. Each covers different types of cases. In the federal system, whether the trial is criminal or civil, the jury must reach a unanimous verdict.