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swearing match

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA case that turns on the word of one witness versus another. The outcome of a swearing match usually depends on whom the jury finds most trustworthy.

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swift witness

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: zealous witness

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v.

Definition

An abbreviation for versus, meaning against. Used in case names, e.g. McDonald v. Chicago, 130 S.Ct. 3020 (2010).

See also

Adverse party

Vacatur

Definition

Latin for "it is vacated." A rule or order that sets aside a judgment or annuls a proceeding.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 130 S.Ct. 2743 (2010).

See also

Vacate

Veracity

Definition

Truthfulness or accuracy of a person or statement.

Illustrative caselaw

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

See also

Impeach

Perjury (contrast)

Versus

Definition

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

See also

Adverse party

Vestigial words

Words and phrases that technically appear in statutes, but lack use or meaning because amendments or other statutes have diminished their effect.

Vexatious litigation

Legal proceedings started with malice and without good case. Vexatious litigation is meant to bother, embarrass, or cause legal expenses to the defendant. A plaintiff who starts such litigation either knows or should reasonably know that no legal...

Your Honor

Definition

A traditional manner in which to address a judge.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Uttecht v. Brown, 551 U.S. 1, 23 (2007).

See also

Judge

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