What is writ?

  • (noun): (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer.
    Synonyms: judicial writ


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 are common types of writs but there are many others.

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Scire Facias
... In English law, a writ of scire facias (from the Latin meaning, literally "let them/him/us know") was a writ founded upon some judicial record directing the sheriff to make the ... In the United States, the writ has been abolished under federal law but may still be available in some state legal systems ...
Bill Of Middlesex - Bill
... Prior to the introduction of bills, a writ would have to be issued, with different writs depending on the issue ... B for trespass, debt and detinue, the court would have to issue an individual writ for each action, with associated delays and costs for A, and then ensure that B ... arose if A wished to sue B for trespass, debt and detinue, he would have a writ issued for trespass ...
Caillot V. Deetken
215 (1885), was a writ of error filed in the circuit court recorded March 16, 1882, and the transcript that was returned with it was filed in this Court ... Court had passed between the filing of the writ of error in the circuit court and its return with the transcript into this Court ... This Court can acquire no jurisdiction under a writ of error where the return to it is made by filing the transcript of the record here after the expiration of the term of ...
Amparo And Habeas Data In The Philippines - Recent Events
... Legal Assistance Group, FLAG) stated that the writ of amparo can be invoked by journalists in stories censorship by the government concerning the anti-terrorism law (Human Security Act). 23, 2007, the Free Legal Assistance Group issued a (a 47-question-and-answer format) primer on the writ of amparo ... of 2 missing Philippine students filed the first petition for writ of amparo with the Supreme Court of the Philippines, to direct the military to let them search army offices for their daughters ...
Writ - Indian Law
... system, jurisdiction to issue 'prerogative writs' is given to the Supreme Court, and to the High Courts of Judicature of all Indian states ... Parts of the law relating to writs are set forth in the Constitution of India ... The Supreme Court, the highest in the country, may issue writs under Article 32 of the Constitution for enforcement of Fundamental Rights and under Articles 139 for ...

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