PERSONAL INJURY LEGAL GLOSSARY
Glossary of Personal Injury Law Terms
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Vacate: To set aside or void an order or decision of a court.
Venire: A writ summoning persons to court to act as
jurors, Also refers to the people summoned for jury duty.
Venue: Broadly, the geographical area where a court has
authority to hear a case because it has personal jurisdiction and
subject matter jurisdiction. The venue is usually the same area
where the incident leading to the trial occurred. A change of venue
may occur if negative publicity or other factor would make it
difficult to find unbiased jurors.
Verdict: The jury's decision in a case. A general verdict
is the jury's finding either for the plaintiff or the defendant. A
special verdict is a statement by the jury of facts it has found in
response to questions submitted by the judge.
Vicarious Liability: The liability of one person for the
torts of another.
Void: Having no binding effect or legal force; null.
Voir Dire: Process of questioning potential jurors so that
each side may decide whether to accept or oppose individuals for