Article 1 Definitions and Administrative Provisions 32.1-249 – 32.1-256
Article 2 Birth Certificates 32.1-257 – 32.1-261.1
Article 3 Records of Adoptions 32.1-262
Article 4 Death Certificates and Out-of-State Transit Permits 32.1-263 – 32.1-266
Article 5 Marriage Records and Divorce and Annulment Reports 32.1-267 – 32.1-268.1
Article 6 Amendments to Vital Records 32.1-269 – 32.1-269.1
Article 7 Miscellaneous Provisions 32.1-270 – 32.1-276

Terms Used In Virginia Code > Title 32.1 > Chapter 7

  • Adult: means a person 18 years of age or more. See Virginia Code 1-203
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assisted living facility: means any congregate residential setting that provides or coordinates personal and health care services, 24-hour supervision, and assistance (scheduled and unscheduled) for the maintenance or care of four or more adults who are aged, infirm or disabled and who are cared for in a primarily residential setting, except (i) a facility or portion of a facility licensed by the State Board of Health or the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, but including any portion of such facility not so licensed; (ii) the home or residence of an individual who cares for or maintains only persons related to him by blood or marriage; (iii) a facility or portion of a facility serving infirm or disabled persons between the ages of 18 and 21, or 22 if enrolled in an educational program for the handicapped pursuant to § Virginia Code 9.1-186
  • Bailee: means a person who has been released on bail, and who is or has been subject to a bond, as defined in § 19. See Virginia Code 9.1-186
  • Board: means the State Board of Social Services. See Virginia Code 63.2-100
  • Board: means the Criminal Justice Services Board. See Virginia Code 9.1-101
  • Certificate: means a certificate of public need for a project required by this article. See Virginia Code 32.1-102.1
  • Child: means any natural person under 18 years of age. See Virginia Code 63.2-100
  • City: means any independent incorporated community which became a city as provided by law before noon on the first day of July, nineteen hundred seventy-one, or which has within defined boundaries a population of 5,000 or more and which has become a city as provided by law. See Virginia Code 15.2-102
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Commission: means the State Corporation Commission. See Virginia Code 6.2-100
  • Commissioner: means the State Health Commissioner. See Virginia Code 32.1-3
  • Commissioner: means the Commissioner of the Department, his designee or authorized representative. See Virginia Code 63.2-100
  • Commissioner: means the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. See Virginia Code 3.2-100
  • Constitutional officer: means an officer provided for pursuant to Article VII, § 4 of the Constitution. See Virginia Code 15.2-102
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • County: means any existing county or such unit hereafter created. See Virginia Code 15.2-102
  • Dead body: means a human body or such parts of such human body from the condition of which it reasonably may be concluded that death recently occurred. See Virginia Code 32.1-249
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the State Department of Health. See Virginia Code 32.1-3
  • Department: means the State Department of Social Services. See Virginia Code 63.2-100
  • Department: means the Department of Criminal Justice Services. See Virginia Code 9.1-101
  • Department: means the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. See Virginia Code 3.2-100
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • federal acts: means these two federal laws. See Virginia Code 3.2-5400
  • Federal Meat Inspection Act: means the act so entitled approved March 4, 1907 (34 Stat. See Virginia Code 3.2-5400
  • Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act: means the act so entitled approved August 28, 1957 (71 Stat. See Virginia Code 3.2-5400
  • Fetal death: means death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, regardless of the duration of pregnancy; death is indicated by the fact that after such expulsion or extraction the fetus does not breathe or show any other evidence of life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles. See Virginia Code 32.1-249
  • File: means the presentation of a vital record provided for in this chapter for registration by the Department. See Virginia Code 32.1-249
  • Final disposition: means the burial, interment, cremation, removal from the Commonwealth or other authorized disposition of a dead body or fetus. See Virginia Code 32.1-249
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • General relief: means money payments and other forms of relief made to those persons mentioned in § Virginia Code 32.1-249
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • sworn: means "affirm" or "affirmed. See Virginia Code 1-250
  • System of vital records: means the registration, collection, preservation, amendment, and certification of vital records; the collection of other reports required by this chapter; and related activities. See Virginia Code 32.1-249
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Town: means any existing town or an incorporated community within one or more counties which became a town before noon, July 1, 1971, as provided by law or which has within defined boundaries a population of 1,000 or more and which has become a town as provided by law. See Virginia Code 1-254
  • Vital records: means certificates or reports of births, deaths, fetal deaths, adoptions, marriages, divorces or annulments and amendment data related thereto. See Virginia Code 32.1-249
  • Voter: means a qualified voter as defined in § 24. See Virginia Code 15.2-102