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[Anglo-French, place where a jury is summoned, alteration (influenced by venue arrival, attendance) of vinné visné, literally, neighborhood, neighbors, from Old French, ultimately from Latin vicinus neighboring]
1 : the place or county in which take place the alleged events from which a legal action arises used esp. at common law
2 : the place from which a jury is drawn and in which trial is held see also change of venue compare jurisdiction
3 : a statement showing that a case is brought to the proper court or authority
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.