Index of Legal Terms
A definitive collection of legal terms that are used by attorneys in contracts, agreements and other legal documents in South Africa.
Wages: Payment for labour.
Waive: To relinquish or give up a right, privilege, or benefit. A waiver implies that the person knows what he is doing when renouncing his right, privilege, or benefit.
Ward: 1. A child placed by a court under the care of a guardian.
Warrant: 1. A court order giving authority to a sheriff or police officer to arrest a person, to search a house, etcetera. 2. To state that something is true.
Warrant of Arrest: A document issued by a Magistrate or a Judge of the court, authorising Police Officers to arrest the Accused.
Warrant of Ejectment: A document issued by a Magistrate or a Judge of the court, authorising the Sheriff to remove a Tenant from the Landlord's property, with his/her belongings.
Warrant of Execution: A document issued by a Clerk or a Registrar of the court, authorising the Sheriff to take possession of property, for example, the Judgment Debtor's property to satisfy the judgment.
Warranties: 1. A statement that certain facts are true, made by one party to a contract and accepted by the other party as true. 2. An agreement to make up for any damages that result from a false representation of facts.
Warranty: 1. A statement that certain facts are true, made by one party to a contract and accepted by the other party as true. 2. An agreement to make up for any damages that result from a false representation of facts.
Wholly: Completely; entirely; exclusively; the opposite of partially.
Widow: A married woman whose husband has died and who has not remarried.
Will: 1. A document made in anticipation of eventual death, in which a person states what he wants done with his property after he dies. Such a document must be made according to law, and is recorded and filed in a probate court after the person has died. 2. Desire or wish. 3. Determination. 4. The mental capacity to carry out a conscious act.
Witness: 1. An individual who testifies under oath at a trial, a hearing, or before a legislative body. 2. To see or hear something take place. 3. To be present, and often to sign, a legal document, such as a will or deed. Having a witness sign lends authenticity to a document.
Writ: A formal order of a court, in writing, ordering someone who is out of court to do something.
Writ of execution: An order of the court that its judgment (decision) be carried out.
Written consent: Consent given in writing in lieu of a meeting to approve certain actions.