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Rule49. Special verdicts and interrogatories.

(a)Special verdicts. The court may require a jury toreturn only a special verdict in the form of a special written finding uponeach issue of fact. In that event the court may submit to the jury writteninterrogatories susceptible of categorical or other brief answer or may submitwritten forms of the several special findings which might properly be madeunder the pleadings and evidence; or it may use such other method of submittingthe issues and requiring the written findings thereon as it deems mostappropriate. The court shall give to the jury such explanation and instructionconcerning the matter thus submitted as may be necessary to enable the jury tomake its findings upon each issue. If in so doing the court omits any issue offact raised by the pleadings or by the evidence, each party waives his right toa trial by jury of the issue so omitted unless before the jury retires hedemands its submission to the jury. As to an issue omitted without such demandthe court may make a finding; or, if it fails to do so, it shall be deemed tohave made a finding in accord with the judgment on the special verdict.

(b)General verdict accompanied by answer to interrogatories.The court may submit to the jury, together with appropriate forms for a generalverdict, written interrogatories upon one or more issues of fact the decisionof which is necessary to a verdict. The court shall give such explanation orinstruction as may be necessary to enable the jury both to make answers to theinterrogatories and to render a general verdict, and the court shall direct thejury both to make written answers and to render a general verdict. When thegeneral verdict and the answers are harmonious, the appropriate judgment uponthe verdict and answers shall be entered pursuant to Rule 58A.When the answers are consistent with each other but one or more is inconsistentwith the general verdict, judgment may be entered pursuant to Rule 58A inaccordance with the answers, notwithstanding the general verdict, or the courtmay return the jury for further consideration of its answers and verdict or mayorder a new trial. When the answers are inconsistent with each other and one ormore is likewise inconsistent with the general verdict, judgment shall not beentered, but the court shall return the jury for further consideration of itsanswers and verdict or shall order a new trial.