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Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

A combination of letters and numbers that identifies the vehicle’s make, model, and year. Usually found on the dashboard, vehicle registration, or title.

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VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

the term given to the killing of a person that is associated with a fit of anger seemingly for a good reason. It is intentional but not planned.

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VOTING RIGHTS ACT

a federal law that provides a person with the right to vote without any conditions or requirements.

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VERDICT PRIVY

verdict that is given in private to a judge after the court has been adjourned. It will be given publicly when the court is in session next.

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VERDICT CONTRARY TO LAW

the term that is applied to a verdict that the jury was entitled to render by law.

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VINDICATORY

a term given to the clauses in laws that prescribe the penalties for violations of the laws.

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VEXATIOUS PROCEEDING

a malicious action done to annoy or hassle the opponent in a case before court.

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VOID JUDGMENT

a term that is used for a judgement that has no legal force or effect.

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VERDICT OF NO CAUSE OF ACTION

a verdict that is in the defendant’s favour on grounds that the plaintiff does not have aright to bring a charge against him.

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VOLUNTARY APPEARANCE

a term that applies to a willing court appearance.

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VALIDITY OF A STATUTE

the term relating to the effectiveness of a law as it relates to the constitution.

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VALUE-ADDED TAX (VAT)

tax that is the difference between the cost of an asset and its fair market value. Also known as an ad valorum tax.

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VOID FOR VAGUENESS

a law that can be voided as it is unclear or is lacking a thing hat makes it precise.

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VERDICT OPEN

verdict where a coroner’s jury cannot decide whether a dead person has died from natural causes or from a criminal act.

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VOLUNTARY STATEMENT

the willing statement of a defendant that is free from coercion that admits to some facts attesting to his guilt.

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VALIDITY OF A WILL

the term applied to the legal adequacy and sufficiency of a will that is being contested.

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VERDICT ESTOPPEL BY

a verdict that is barred as the same issues have already been settled between the same parties in an earlier suit.

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VALIDATING STATUTE

a law that will correct, add to or alter or delete material from a previous law and makes the amended law valid.

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VERDICT PARTIAL

The verdict where a defendant is found guilty of some of the charges against him but not of all of then accusations.

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VOID PROCESS

a legally defective action of a court and is by its nature ineffective and the process that is null and void due to a defect.

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