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WAIVER OF IMMUNITY: means by which witness relinquishes the right against self-incrimination, thereby making it possible for his/her testimony to be used against him/her in future proceedings.
WAIVER: voluntarily giving up right.
WARRANT: writ directing or authorizing someone to do something; most commonly, a court order authorizing law enforcement officers to make an arrest or conduct a search.
WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE: persuasiveness of some evidence as compared to other.
WILL: a Will is a document by which a person gives instructions as to what is to happen upon that person's death in so far as property and their remains are concerned. It is a formal set of instructions to those people whom the testator (the person making the will) wishes to carry out his or her instructions (the executors). In most cases it must be in writing, made while the person is of sound mind and body and signed in the presence of two witnesses who must themselves sign the document also. Wills can be deceptively simple documents and should only be made by those who know what they are doing since the person making the will won't be around at the time it comes into effect.
WILLFULLY: intentionally, as distinguished from accidentally, carelessly or inadvertently, but not necessarily maliciously.
WITH PREJUDICE: judge's decision in a case whereby any future action on the claim is barred in any court.
WITHOUT PREJUDICE: without loss of rights.
WITNESS: one who testifies to what he/she has seen, heard, or otherwise experienced.
WORK RELEASE: sentence under which defendant is imprisoned, but is released during day to work at a job approved by the Department of Corrections or the court.
WRIT OF SUMMONS: a form issued by the court directing a party to respond to a complaint, motion, or petition.