courts and procedure

venire facias

A writ from a judge directing a sheriff to assemble prospective jurors. Sometimes abbreviated as venire.

See, e.g. Powers v. United States, 223 U.S. 303 (1912).

See also

Jury duty

Jury selection


venire facias de novo

A writ from a judge summoning a new jury panel because of a problem with the original jury's verdict or return. A venire facias de novo results in a new trial. Sometimes abbreviated as venire de novo.

See, e.g.: Parsons v. Bedford, Breedlove...


Veniremen refers to individuals selected either to be screened as potential jurors or to actually be jurors in a case. The term comes from old Latin venire writs in England that were required to be given to the sheriff in order for a jury to...


In general, a place or location in which something takes place. The proper place to hold a civil or criminal trial, usually because important related events have taken place there.

See, e.g. Cortez Byrd Chips, Inc. v. Bill Harbert Construction...


Truthfulness or accuracy of a person or statement.

See, e.g. Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 129 S.Ct. 2527, 2537 n.6 (2009).

See also


Perjury (contrast)


Verbatim means to use exactly the same words as another; usually when transcribing, quoting, or recording the original material word for word, such as making a verbatim transcript in a proceeding.

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A verdict is the formal decision or judgment rendered by a court at the conclusion of a trial or legal proceeding. It represents the culmination of the entire legal process. Verdicts are reached by a judge or a jury, depending on the type of...


Verification is a declaration swearing that statements made in a document are true. Depending on the jurisdiction, verifications are either made under oath or in the presence of a notary public or similarly authorized person. Verifications are...


Versus means against. Abbreviated as v. and vs. Used in case names, e.g. McDonald v. Chicago, 130 S.Ct. 3020 (2010).

See also

Adverse party

void for vagueness

1) In criminal law, a declaration that a law is invalid because it is not sufficiently clear. Laws are usually found void for vagueness if, after setting some requirement or punishment, the law does not specify what is required or what conduct is...