|3d pers. s||1.||3d pers. sing. pres. of Write, for writeth.|
|imp. & p.||1.||imp. & p. p. of Write.|
|1.||That which is written; writing; scripture; - applied especially to the Scriptures, or the books of the Old and New testaments; as, sacred writ.|
|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.|
|Noun||1.||writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer|
Synonyms: judicial writ
DE ARBITRATIONE FACTA, WRIT. In the ancient English law, when an action was brought for the same cause of action which had been before settled by arbitration, this writ was brought. Wats. on Arb. 256.
DE WARRANTIA DIEI, WRIT, Eng. law. Where a man is required to appear on a certain day in person, and before that day the king certifies that the party is in the king's service, he may sue this writ, commanding the justices not to record his default for that day for the cause before mentioned. F. N. B. 36.
WRIT, practice. A mandatory precept issued by the authority, and in the name
of the sovereign or the state, for the purpose of compelling the defendant
to do something therein mentioned.
2. It is issued by a court or other competent jurisdiction, and is returnable to the same. It is to be under seal and tested by the proper officer, and is directed to the sheriff, or other officer lawfully authorized to execute the same. Writs are divided into, 1. Original. 2. Of mesne process. 3. Of execution. Vide 3 Bl. Com. 273; 1 Tidd, Pr. 93; Gould on Pl. c. 2, s. 1. There are several kinds of writs, some of which are mentioned below.
WRIT, ORIGINAL, practice, English law. An original writ is a mandatory letter issuing out of the court of chancery under the great seal and in a king's name, directed to the sheriff of the county where the injury is alleged to have been committed, containing a summary statement of the cause of complaint, and requiring him in most cases, to command the defendant to satisfy the claim; and, on his failure to comply, then to summon him to appear in one of the superior courts of common law, there to account for his non-compliance. In some cases, however, it omits the former alternative, and requires the sheriff simply to enforce the appearance. Steph. Pl. 5.bench warrant, blank, capias, caveat, chirograph, death warrant, docket, document, dossier, fieri facias, file, form, habere facias possessionem, holograph, injunction, instrument, interdict, legal document, legal instrument, legal paper, mandamus, mandate, mandatory injunction, mittimus, nisi prius, notice, notification, official document, paper, papers, parchment, personal file, precept, process, prohibitory injunction, roll, scrip, script, scroll, search warrant, subpoena, summons, warrant, warrant of arrest, warrant of attorney, writing