Common Legal Terminology

Venue -

The geographic area in which a court has jurisdiction. A change of venue is a change or transfer of a case from one judicial district to another.

Verdict -

The decision of a trial jury or a judge that determines the guilt or innocence of a criminal defendant, or that determines the final outcome of a civil case.

Voir dire -

Jury selection process of questioning prospective jurors, to ascertain their qualifications and determine any basis for challenge.

Voluntary transfer -

A transfer of a debtor’s property with the debtor’s consent.

All terms and definitions on this page are from uscourts.gov/glossary (April 13, 2020)