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West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 4. Criminal Causes
Chapter 300. Trial and Sentencing
MD Rules, Rule 4-327
(a) Return. The verdict of a jury shall be unanimous and shall be returned in open court.
(b) Sealed Verdict. With the consent of all parties, the court may authorize the rendition of a sealed verdict during a temporary adjournment of court. A sealed verdict shall be in writing and shall be signed by each member of the jury. It shall be sealed in an envelope by the foreperson of the jury who shall write on the outside of the envelope “Verdict Case No. .....” “State of Maryland vs. .......” and deliver the envelope to the clerk. The jury shall not be discharged, but the clerk shall permit the jury to separate until the court is again in session at which time the jury shall be called and the verdict opened and received as other verdicts.
(c) Two or More Defendants. When there are two or more defendants, the jury may return a verdict with respect to a defendant as to whom it has agreed, and any defendant as to whom the jury cannot agree may be tried again.
(d) Two or More Counts. When there are two or more counts, the jury may return a verdict with respect to a count as to which it has agreed, and any count as to which the jury cannot agree may be tried again.
(e) Poll of Jury. On request of a party or on the court's own initiative, the jury shall be polled after it has returned a verdict and before it is discharged. If the sworn jurors do not unanimously concur in the verdict, the court may direct the jury to retire for further deliberation, or may discharge the jury if satisfied that a unanimous verdict cannot be reached.
Cross reference: See Rule 18-102.8, regarding praise or criticism of a jury's verdict.
Source: This Rule is derived from former Rule 759.


[Adopted April 6, 1984, eff. July 1, 1984. Amended April 7, 1986, eff. July 1, 1986; June 5, 1996, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; Dec. 10, 1996, eff. July 1, 1997; Dec. 2, 2004, eff. July 1, 2005; Dec. 4, 2007, eff. Jan. 1, 2008; June 7, 2011, eff. July 1, 2011; June 6, 2016, eff. July 1, 2016.]
MD Rules, Rule 4-327, MD R CR Rule 4-327
Current with amendments received through May 1, 2022. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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