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 by which actions at law are frequently commenced; another is a writ of execution issued after judgment to satisfy damages recovered; a capias in criminal law is the process to take a person charged on an indictment, when he is not in custody. --Burrill. Wharton. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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.… …   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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