Sunday, December 27, 2009


Venire: Venire is a noun co-opted from a Middle English (Latin) phrase comprised of two verbs: venire facias. The phrase meant do come and was used in jury summonses. Today venire simply means the people summoned for a jury.
The courtroom was packed, half filled with the venire.
The way it works is that the judge has a computer-generated list from which he calls the first twelve citizens from the venire, and they take seats in the jury box.
A Book for Today: Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

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