venire facias


ve·​ni·​re fa·​ci·​as və-ˌnī-rē-ˈfā-shē-əs How to pronounce venire facias (audio)
: a judicial writ directing the sheriff to summon a specified number of qualified persons to serve as jurors

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of venire facias was in the 15th century

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“Venire facias.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

venire facias

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

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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