Texas Code of Criminal Procedure - Article 37.10. Informal Verdict
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Art. 37.10.  [773-774] INFORMAL VERDICT. (a) If the
verdict of the jury is informal, its attention shall be called to
it, and with its consent the verdict may, under the direction of the
court, be reduced to the proper form. If the jury refuses to have
the verdict altered, it shall again retire to its room to
deliberate, unless it manifestly appear that the verdict is
intended as an acquittal; and in that case, the judgment shall be
rendered accordingly, discharging the defendant.
(b) If the jury assesses punishment in a case and in the
verdict assesses both punishment that is authorized by law for the
offense and punishment that is not authorized by law for the
offense, the court shall reform the verdict to show the punishment
authorized by law and to omit the punishment not authorized by law.
If the trial court is required to reform a verdict under this
subsection and fails to do so, the appellate court shall reform the
verdict as provided by this subsection.
Acts 1965, 59th Leg., vol. 2, p. 317, ch. 722.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 442, Sec. 1, eff. June 11,
Last modified: August 11, 2007