Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes Title 14 Sec. 1353

  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.

If either party, in a cause in which a verdict is returned, during the same term of the court, before or after the trial, gives to any of the jurors who try the cause any treat or gratuity or purposely introduces among the papers delivered to the jury when they retire with the cause, any papers which have any connection with it but were not offered in evidence, the court on motion of the adverse party may set aside the verdict and order a new trial.