Procès-verbal is a legal term with a number of meanings:

In law

  • in French and Dutch law (proces-verbaal), a detailed authenticated account drawn up by a magistrate, police officer, or other person having authority of acts or proceedings done in the exercise of his duty.
  • in a criminal charge, a procès-verbal is a statement of the facts of the case
  • the written minutes of a meeting or assembly

In international law and diplomacy

  • in international law and diplomacy, a procès-verbal is the process of adopting corrections to the text of a treaty, by mutual agreement of the parties. As such it is a process of amendment, but is reserved for minor and non-controversial technical corrections that do not change the substance of the treaty.
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