Vail Daily column: Understanding venue and jurisdiction

Vail Daily column: Understanding venue and jurisdiction
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By Edward Stoner

Venue is where it’s at. Quite literally. When lawyers speak of “venue,” what they are talking about is location, location, location. Formerly referred to as visne (no, not Visine, the stuff you put in your eyes), the term derives from vicinage which, in antiquity, stood for “da hood,” as in da neighborhood. Vicinage, in turn, meant the area nearby, that is, “in the vicinity,” and in modern usage means the county where a trial is had, a crime committed or a similar locational designation. Venue, then, deals with the locality of suit, as in a lawsuit rather than a fancy …

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