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Related to writ: writ large, writ of certiorari, writ of habeas corpus, writ of mandamus
1. Law A written order issued by a court, commanding the party to whom it is addressed to perform or cease performing a specified act.
2. Writings: holy writ.
[Middle English, from Old English.]
A past tense and a past participle of write.
1. (Law) law (formerly) a document under seal, issued in the name of the Crown or a court, commanding the person to whom it is addressed to do or refrain from doing some specified act. Official name: claim
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) archaic a piece or body of writing: Holy Writ.
[Old English; related to Old Norse rit, Gothic writs stroke, Old High German riz (German Riss a tear). See write]
1. archaic or dialect a past tense and past participle of write
2. writ large plain to see; very obvious
a. a sealed document, issued in the name of a court, government, sovereign, etc., directing an officer or official to do or refrain from doing some specified act.
b. (in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign's name.
2. something written; a writing: sacred writ.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old High German riz stroke, Old Norse rit writing, Gothic writs serif; akin to write]
a pt. and pp. of write.
A written order issued by a court requiring a person to do or not do something.
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|Noun||1.||writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer|
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
court order - a writ issued by a court of law requiring a person to do something or to refrain from doing something
warrant - a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
assize - an ancient writ issued by a court of assize to the sheriff for the recovery of property
certiorari, writ of certiorari - a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case
venire facias - a judicial writ ordering a sheriff to summon people for jury duty
mandamus, writ of mandamus - an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail
attachment - a writ authorizing the seizure of property that may be needed for the payment of a judgment in a judicial proceeding
fieri facias - a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of a debtor to satisfy the debt
scire facias - a judicial writ based on some record and requiring the party against whom it is brought to show cause why the record should not be enforced or annulled
sequestration - a writ that authorizes the seizure of property
writ of detinue - a writ ordering the release of goods that have been unlawfully detained
writ of election - a writ ordering the holding of an election
writ of error - a judicial writ from an appellate court ordering the court of record to produce the records of trial
writ of prohibition - a judicial writ from a higher court ordering a lower court not to exercise jurisdiction in a particular case
writ of right - a writ ordering that land be restored to its rightful owner
process, summons - a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
subpoena, subpoena ad testificandum - a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court
subpoena duces tecum - a writ issued by a court at the request of one of the parties to a suit; it requires a witness to bring to court or to a deposition any relevant documents under the witness's control
writ1 [rɪt] N (Jur) → mandato m judicial
to serve a writ on sb → notificar un mandato judicial a algn
to issue a writ against sb → demandar a algn
A. PT & PP (archaic) of write