venire facias

ve·​ni·​re fa·​ci·​as | \ və-ˌnī-rē-ˈfā-shē-əs How to pronounce venire facias (audio) \

Definition of venire facias

: a judicial writ directing the sheriff to summon a specified number of qualified persons to serve as jurors

First Known Use of venire facias

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for venire facias

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin venīre faciās "may you cause (such persons) to come"

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“Venire facias.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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venire facias

venire fa·​ci·​as | \ -ˈfā-shē-əs How to pronounce venire facias (audio) \

Legal Definition of venire facias

: a writ ordering a sheriff to summon a jury No irregularity in any writ of venire facias … shall be sufficient to set aside a verdict … —— West Virginia Code

History and Etymology for venire facias

Medieval Latin venire facias (juratores or juratam) may you cause (the jurors or the jury) to come (words used in the writ)


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