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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Venue

Meaning of Venue

The county, the city or the town where an action or presecution is brought for trial. Originally, the term indicated only the locality of the crime, that is, where the crime took place but in practice, it has come to indicate to signify the locality of the trial. The venue of a trial may be changed for various reasons, such as the convenience of all parties or for any other reason to ensure a fair trial. It is primarily a matter of convenience of litigants and witnesses. See Denver and R. G. W.R. Co. v Brotherhood of R. Trainmen, 387 U.S. 556, 87S. Ct.1746, 18 L.Ed.2d.954.

Venue Alternative Definition

(Law Lat. visnetimi, neighborhood. The word was formerly spelled visne. Co. Litt. 125a). In practice. The county in which the facts are alleged to have occurred, and from which the jury are to come to try the issue. Gould, PI. c. 3, § 102; Archb. Civ. PI. 86; Cowp. 176; 1 How. (U. S.) 241; 86 Mich. 7. In modern practice, it is used as synonymous with place of trial. See 7 How. Pr. (N. Y.) 462. The designation of the county in which the cause is to be tried in pleadings and writs. Comyn, Dig. Pleader (C 20); 86 Mich. 7. Generally, in modern pleading, in civil practice, no special allegation is needed in the body of the declaration, the venue in the margin being understood to be the place of occurrence till the contrary is shown. 1 Hempst. 236. See statutes and rules of court of the various states, and Reg. Gen. Hilary Term, 4 Hen. IV.

Venue Legal Definition

The county, city or geographical area in which a court may hear a case.

United States Constitutional Meaning of Venue

The place where a case is to be heard.

Synonyms of Venue


  • county
  • jurisdiction
  • locale
  • locality
  • location
  • neighborhood
  • place of jurisdiction
  • political subdivision
  • position
  • seat
  • site
  • station
  • territory Associated Concepts: forum non conveniens foreign phrases: Triatio ibi semper debet fieri
  • ubi juratores meliorem possunt habere notitiam
  • Trial ought always to be had where the jurors can have the best information

Definition of Venue in the Free Online Notary Dictionary

The Locality Where A Cause Of Action Occurs. The State And County Where A Notarization Was Performed Or Takes Place.

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Venue in Historical Law

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Translate Motion For Change of Venue from English to Spanish

Translation of Motion For Change of Venue, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Pedimento para cambiar de jurisdicción and other legal terms is available here.


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Venue in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

Locality, neighborhood; place of trial; county [not County]. French venuÔ, a coming, place of arrival.

Note: This legal definition of Venue in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

English Spanish Translation of Venue

Jurisdicción territorial

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Venue in the law of the United States

Venue: Related U.S. Resources

See Also

Jurisdiction (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia) Pretrial Publicity (in the U.S. Legal Encyclopedia).


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Venue

(You may find venue at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

c. 1300, “a coming for the purpose of attack,” from Old French venue “coming” (12c.), from femenine past participle of venir “to come,” from Latin venire “to come,” from PIE root *gwa- “to go, come.” The sense of “place where a case in law is tried” is first recorded 1530s. Extended to locality in general, especially “site of a concert or sporting event” (1857). Change of venue is from Blackstone (1768).

Meaning of Venue in Spanish

Description/ translation of venue into Spanish: (= proper venue): tribunal o instancia competente; change of venue: traslado de la causa a otro tribunal[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where venue belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Venue published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Federal Criminal Jurisdiction; Jurisdiction; Jury: Legal Aspects; Publicity in Criminal Cases. Terrorism; Oklahoma City Bombing.
  • Related Case Law

    Platt v. Minnesota Mining & Mfg. Co., 376 U.S. 240 (1964).

    Travis v. United States, 364 U.S. 631 (1961).

    United States v. Anderson, 328 U.S. 699 (1946).

    United States v. Cabrales, 524 U.S. 1 (1998).

    United States v. Johnson, 323 U.S. 273 (1944).

    United States v. Lombardo, 241 U.S. 73 (1916).

    United States v. Reed, 773 F.2d 477 (2nd Cir. 1985).

    United States v. Rodriguez-Moreno, 526 U.S. 275 (1999).

    Venue Meaning in the U.S. Court System

    The geographical location in which a case is tried.

    Meaning of Venue in the U.S. Legal System

    Definition of Venue published by the National Association for Court Management: The proper geographical area (county, city, or district) in which a court with jurisdiction over the subject matter may hear a case.

    Concept of Venue in the context of Real Property

    Alternatives definitions of Venue: (1) The county (or other geographical division) in which an action or prosecution is brought for trial and which is to furnish the panel of jurors. (2) The county in which an acknowledgement (notarization) is made.

    Concept of Venue in the context of Real Property

    Alternatives definitions of Venue: (1) The county (or other geographical division) in which an action or prosecution is brought for trial and which is to furnish the panel of jurors. (2) The county in which an acknowledgement (notarization) is made.

    Concept of “Venue, Visne, Visnetum, Vicinetum”

    Traditional meaning of venue, visne, visnetum, vicinetum in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) (The neighborhood.) l.The neighborhood whence the jury was to be summoned; see Rob. El. L. Rev. ed.; §§ 309, 580. 2. Hence, the place where the action arose or crime was committed. 3. The place or county where the action is tried. 4. In pleading, the statement of the county on the margin of the declaration.


    Notes and References

    1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Venue, Visne, Visnetum, Vicinetum”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

    See Also

    Venue (Criminal Judicial Process)




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