A form of written command in the name of a court or other legal authority to act, or abstain from acting, in a particular way
archaic past participle of write.
One’s power to enforce compliance or submission; one’s authority
they were served with a High Court writ
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A writ issuing from the Court of Chancery, which formed the foundation of a real action at common law.
A writ relating to or backed by security.
An action by a party based on the seisin of a grandfather for the recovery of land of which that party had been dispossessed.
A writ issued by a court in special circumstances, as (in Britain) under the exercise of royal prerogative.
A judicial order that a judgement be enforced
(In England and Wales) a writ by which an action is started in the High Court
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In full writ of elegit. A writ of execution by which a creditor is put in possession of all or some of the goods and lands of a debtor, until his or her claim is satisfied.
The status of a naif or serf; serfdom. writ of naifty noun a writ by which a lord claimed a person as his naif.
A writ directing a sheriff to provide a jury at the Court of Westminster on a particular day, unless the assize judges come before that day to the county from which the jury was to be drawn. Now only in writ of nisi prius.
Also more fully writ of procedendo. A writ authorizing or requiring a subordinate court to resume the hearing of a case after it has been suspended, either when the suspension was wrongful (or the reasons for it have ceased to obtain), or when the proceedings had been removed to a superior court but the case has been remanded by that court to the original court.
More fully writ of supersedeas.
More fully writ of praemunire facias. A writ charging a sheriff to summon a person accused of asserting or maintaining papal jurisdiction in England (originally one accused of prosecuting abroad a suit cognizable by English law), so denying the ecclesiastical supremacy of the monarch.
More fully writ de magna assisa eligenda. A writ directing a sheriff to return four knights responsible for selecting twelve others and forming with them the jury of a grand assize to try a matter of right.
More fully writ of (also †de) procedendo ad judicium. A writ authorizing or requiring a subordinate court to proceed to judgment.