Article 3. the Verdict - California Code of Civil Procedure Section 625

625.  In all cases the court may direct the jury to find a special
verdict in writing, upon all, or any of the issues, and in all cases
may instruct them, if they render a general verdict, to find upon
particular questions of fact, to be stated in writing, and may direct
a written finding thereon. In all cases in which the issue of
punitive damages is presented to the jury the court shall direct the
jury to find a special verdict in writing separating punitive damages
from compensatory damages. The special verdict or finding must be
filed with the clerk and entered upon the minutes. Where a special
finding of facts is inconsistent with the general verdict, the former
controls the latter, and the court must give judgment accordingly.

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