Definition of capias in English:


Line breaks: ca¦pias
Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪpɪəs
, ˈkap-/

noun (plural capiases)

  • A writ ordering the arrest of a named person.
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    • That history no doubt would take account of things like 6 George IV Chapter 108, where once an information was presented, capias issued, the person was arrested, required to post bail, then the issue was determined.
    • It is not a matter of any importance how the defendant came into court-whether he was served with a writ, capias, or declaration; or whether he appeared voluntarily without process of any kind.
    • Most clients who received a suspended classification were those for whom a capias was issued for a separate charge.


late Middle English: from Latin capias (ad respondendum), literally 'you are to seize (until reply is made)', from capere 'take'.

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