Writ of capias
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]


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  • writ of capias — Capias Ca pi*as, n. [L. thou mayst take.] (Low) A writ or process commanding the officer to take the body of the person named in it, that is, to arrest him; also called {writ of capias}. [1913 Webster] Note: One principal kind of capias is a writ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • writ of capias — See capias …   Black's law dictionary

  • Writ of account — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capias — Ca pi*as, n. [L. thou mayst take.] (Low) A writ or process commanding the officer to take the body of the person named in it, that is, to arrest him; also called {writ of capias}. [1913 Webster] Note: One principal kind of capias is a writ by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Writ — For other uses, see Writ (disambiguation). In common law, a writ is a formal written order issued by a body with administrative or judicial jurisdiction; in modern usage, this body is generally a court. Warrants, prerogative writs and subpoenas… …   Wikipedia

  • writ — A written judicial order to perform a specified act, or giving authority to have it done, as in a writ of mandamus or certiorari, or as in an original writ for instituting an action at common law. A written court order or a judicial process,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • capias — writ of arrest issued by a court, mid 15c., from L. capias, lit. thou mayest take, typical first word of such a writ; properly 2nd person sing. present subjunctive of capere to catch, seize, hold (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • capias ad satisfaciendum — /keypiyas sed saetasfeyshiyendam/ A writ of execution (usually termed, for brevity, a ca. sa. ), which commands the sheriff to take the party named, and keep him safely, so that he may have his body before the court on a certain day, to satisfy… …   Black's law dictionary

  • capias ad satisfaciendum — /keypiyas sed saetasfeyshiyendam/ A writ of execution (usually termed, for brevity, a ca. sa. ), which commands the sheriff to take the party named, and keep him safely, so that he may have his body before the court on a certain day, to satisfy… …   Black's law dictionary

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