Legal Dictionary - W
Witness: A person who saw the events that are the subject of a lawsuit. If the witness is not associated with the defendant or plaintiff then they are called an independent witness. Witnesses are questioned by a lawyer, or by a private investigator hired by the lawyer.
Workers’ compensation: A state program overseeing the claims of workers who suffer work-related injury or occupational disease.
Writ of certiorari: A Supreme Court order granting or denying an appeal from a ruling in a lower court.
Wrongful death: A death occurring as a result of another’s negligence.