Glossary - W
Lawyers often use technical terms. This guide to common legal words will make it easier for you to understand the law and Victoria's legal system. It will help you understand the legal information you need to read when you have a legal issue or problem.
A promise in a contract. For example, a promise by a manufacturer that goods will be repaired or replaced if they turn out to be faulty.
A person within an organisation who makes a complaint or alerts authorities that the organisation is doing something illegal or inappropriate.
1. A person who appears in court to give direct information about something relevant to the case the court is hearing. 2. It can also mean a person, who confirms by signing their name, that they 'witnessed' or saw a particular person sign their name on a document.
A document in a civil proceeding that a plaintiff has issued to commence a court action.
- write off
To cancel a debt. This means the person owing the money no longer has to pay it.