Glossary: W

Waiver of Jurisdiction

A juvenile court judge’s relinquishment (and ultimate transference) of jurisdiction over a particular youth to the adult criminal court. This waiver, permitted by many states, is generally reserved for youth of a certain age who have committed particular offenses. See also “Transfer.”

Waiver of Rights

Voluntarily and knowingly giving up a right, such as the right to counsel or the right against self-incrimination. A “voluntary” waiver means that the relinquishment of rights was a free and deliberate choice rather than a result of intimidation, coercion or deception; a “knowing” waiver means that the choice was made with a full awareness of the nature of the right and the consequences of abandoning it.


An order signed by a judge authorizing law enforcement to make an arrest, perform a search, or seize property.