ven·ue /'ven-ˌyü/ n [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

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun 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 meiiorem possunt habere notitiam. — Trial ought always to be had where the jurors can have the best information.
II index locality

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The place where something happens; a court that has jurisdiction over a matter; a court in which cases from a particular location may be brought; the district in which a federal lawsuit is brought.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

The appropriate location(s), according to law and court rules, for a trial. In a criminal case, the proper venue is generally the judicial district or county where the crime was committed. In civil cases, venue is generally proper in the county or district where important events related to the case took place, such as the signing or performance of a contract or the accident or other incident that led to a personal injury case. Typically, the plaintiff in a civil case may also sue in the district or county where the defendant lives or does business.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

The court in which a lawsuit is pending. The plaintiff initially chooses the venue when he commences the action.
The plaintiff's choice of venue is usually proper if the court is located in a jurisdiction where the plaintiff or defendant are domiciled or where the cause of action arose. A lawsuit may, however, be transferred to another US venue if another venue is more convenient or if the plaintiff's chosen venue is improper. The plaintiff's chosen venue may be improper if it has no relationship to the parties or the claims in the case. If there is no proper venue in the US, the court may dismiss the case under the doctrine of forum non conveniens. In addition, a case may, under certain circumstances, be removed (removal) from state court to federal court.
Venue should be distinguished from personal jurisdiction. Personal jurisdiction refers to a court's power to adjudicate the rights and obligations of persons, corporations or other legal entities within its jurisdictional reach. Even if a defendant has the requisite contacts with the forum to bring him within the court's jurisdictional reach, venue may still be improper if, for example, neither of the parties are domiciled in the forum state and the forum state has no relationship to the claims in the case.
Venue in the federal judicial system is governed by 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391-1413. Each state also has rules governing venue for actions brought in the courts of that state.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. Usually, the locality within which the trial or suit will take place, as sometimes there may be several places where jurisdiction could be established. Venue is often a matter of convenience to the parties in a civil suit. In a criminal suit, where it may be difficult to empanel an impartial jury (due to extensive publicity or other considerations), a change of venue may be sought.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A place, such as the territory from which residents are selected to serve as jurors.
A proper place, such as the correct court to hear a case because it has authority over events that have occurred within a certain geographical area.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A place, such as the territory from which residents are selected to serve as jurors.
A proper place, such as the correct court to hear a case because it has authority over events that have occurred within a certain geographical area.
II Authority of a court to hear a matter based on geographical location.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) the proper or most convenient location for trial of a case. Normally, the venue in a criminal case is the judicial district or county where the crime was committed. For civil cases, venue is usually the district or county which is the residence of a principal defendant, where a contract was executed or is to be performed, or where an accident took place. However, the parties may agree to a different venue for convenience (such as where most witnesses are located). Sometimes a lawsuit is filed in a district or county which is not the proper venue, and if the defendant promptly objects (asks for a change of venue), the court will order transfer of the case to the proper venue. Example: a promissory note states that any suit for collection must be filed in Washington County, Indiana, and the case is filed in Lake County, Indiana. In high profile criminal cases the original venue may be considered not the best venue due to possible prejudice stemming from pre-trial publicity in the area or public sentiment about the case which might impact upon potential jurors. For these various reasons either party to a lawsuit or prosecution may move (ask) for a change of venue, which is up to the discretion of a judge in the court where the case or prosecution was originally filed. Venue is not to be confused with "jurisdiction," which establishes the right to bring a lawsuit (often anywhere within a state) whether or not it is the place which is the most convenient or appropriate location.
   See also: forum non conveniens

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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