Glossary of Legal Terms – V


From “Vacate” to “Voluntary bankruptcy”

To set aside.

A writ summoning persons to court to act as jurors.

Authority of a court to hear a matter based on geographical location.

A conclusion, as to fact or law, that forms the basis for the court’s judgment.

Veterans’ Administration (VA)
The federal agency which administers a system of benefits for veterans and their dependents.

An official endorsement on a document or passport denoting that the bearer may proceed.

Invalid; a void agreement is one for which there is no remedy.

Capable of being declared invalid; a voidable contract is one where a person may avoid his obligation, as a contract between an adult and a minor.

Voir dire
The preliminary examination made in court of a witness or juror to determine his competency or interest in a matter. Literally, to speak the truth.

Voluntary bankruptcy
A proceeding by which a debtor voluntarily asks for a discharge of his debts under the Bankruptcy Code.


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