Service of a writ
Writ Writ, n. [AS. writ, gewrit. See {Write}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which is written; writing; scripture; -- applied especially to the Scriptures, or the books of the Old and New testaments; as, sacred writ. ``Though in Holy Writ not named.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Then to his hands that writ he did betake, Which he disclosing read, thus as the paper spake. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Babylon, so much spoken of in Holy Writ. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) An instrument in writing, under seal, in an epistolary form, issued from the proper authority, commanding the performance or nonperformance of some act by the person to whom it is directed; as, a writ of entry, of error, of execution, of injunction, of mandamus, of return, of summons, and the like. [1913 Webster]

Note: Writs are usually witnessed, or tested, in the name of the chief justice or principal judge of the court out of which they are issued; and those directed to a sheriff, or other ministerial officer, require him to return them on a day specified. In former English law and practice, writs in civil cases were either original or judicial; the former were issued out of the Court of Chancery, under the great seal, for the summoning of a defendant to appear, and were granted before the suit began and in order to begin the same; the latter were issued out of the court where the original was returned, after the suit was begun and during the pendency of it. Tomlins. Brande. Encyc. Brit. The term writ is supposed by Mr. Reeves to have been derived from the fact of these formul[ae] having always been expressed in writing, being, in this respect, distinguished from the other proceedings in the ancient action, which were conducted orally. [1913 Webster]

{Writ of account}, {Writ of capias}, etc. See under {Account}, {Capias}, etc.

{Service of a writ}. See under {Service}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Service of a writ — Service Serv ice, n. [OE. servise, OF. servise, service, F. service, from L. servitium. See {Serve}.] 1. The act of serving; the occupation of a servant; the performance of labor for the benefit of another, or at another s command; attendance of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • delivery of a writ — index service (delivery of legal process) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Service of an attachment — Service Serv ice, n. [OE. servise, OF. servise, service, F. service, from L. servitium. See {Serve}.] 1. The act of serving; the occupation of a servant; the performance of labor for the benefit of another, or at another s command; attendance of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Service of an execution — Service Serv ice, n. [OE. servise, OF. servise, service, F. service, from L. servitium. See {Serve}.] 1. The act of serving; the occupation of a servant; the performance of labor for the benefit of another, or at another s command; attendance of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • service of process — The service of writs, complaints, summonses, etc., signifies the delivering to or leaving them with the party to whom or with whom they ought to be delivered or left; and, when they are so delivered, they are then said to have been served. In the …   Black's law dictionary

  • service of process — n. The formal delivery to a defendant of the complaint, summons, or other legal document to notify him or her that a lawsuit has been brought. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell …   Law dictionary

  • service of process — The delivery or other communication of a summons, writ, or other process to the opposite party, or other person entitled to receive it, in such manner that, as provided by law, he is charged with having received it, whether by reading the paper… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • service of process — noun the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone he accepted service of the subpoena • Syn: ↑service, ↑serving • Hypernyms: ↑delivery, ↑bringing …   Useful english dictionary

  • To serve a writ — Serve Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To serve a writ of attachment — Serve Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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