Can a judge modify a jury verdict? Depending on the circumstances a judge can modify a civil jury verdict in a jury trial. The Arizona Supreme Court recently addressed this issue. Often in personal injury trials (and other civil trials), the Defendant may request the Court to consider reducing the jury’s verdict. Typically the defendant will argue the verdict it is excessive and contrary to the weight of the evidence the parties presented at trial. In doing so the judge must provide sufficient detail to support its determination that a jury verdict is subject to a reduction by the judge. Merely finding that a verdict is excessive and not supported by evidence is not sufficient enough.