Glossary Results - V
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Vacate - To set aside.
variance - Exception to a zoning ordinance.
Venire - A Writ summoning persons to court to act as jurors.
venue - Geographical location in which a case is tried.
Verdict - A conclusion, as to fact or law, that forms the bases for the courts' judgment. (See directed verdict.)
Veterans' Administration (VA) - The federal agency which administers a system of benefits for veterans and their dependents.
Visa - An official endorsement on a document or passport denoting that the bearer may proceed.
visitation rights - Right to visit a child usually given to a parent who does not have physical custody of the child.
Void - Invalid; a void agreement is one for which there is no remedy.
Voidable - 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.
Voting Rights - Common stock shareholders may vote on corporate decisions in the companies they hold ownership in. These may include board member appointments, policy issues, stock splits, and other decisions.
View Ordinance - A law adopted by some cities or towns with desirable vistas -- such as those in the mountains or overlooking the ocean -- that protects a property owner from having his or her view obstructed by growing trees. View ordinances don't cover buildings or other structures that may block views.
Visa Waiver Program - A program that allows nationals from certain countries to come to the United States without a visa as tourists for 90 days. Persons coming to the United States under this program receive green-colored I-94 cards. They are not permitted to extend their stay or change their statuses.