What Venue Means in Oklahoma Criminal Law

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Venue refers to the proper court that an action should be prosecuted in. (Venue is different the "jurisdiction" which is the legal authority to act.) When considering venue the court is asking whether or not the alleged crimes occurred or may have occurred in the jurisdiction of a particular court. The prosecution bears teh burden of establishing venue by a preponderence of the evidence. (See Voran v. State, 536 P.2d 1322 (Okl.Cr. 1975))

From time to time you will hear discussion concerning a "change of venue". This is most frequently discussed because of adverse pre-trial publicity.

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