fieri facias
fi·e·ri fa·ci·as /'fī-ə-rē-'fā-shē-əs, -sē-; 'fē-e-rē-'fä-kē-ˌäs/ n [Medieval Latin, literally, may you cause it to be done, from words used in the writ, typically de terris et cattalis fieri facias may you raise from the lands and chattels (of the defendant) (a given sum)]: a writ authorizing a sheriff to seize and sell certain items of the property of a debtor in order to satisfy a creditor's judgment against the debtor see also execution

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

fieri facias
a writ in the prescribed form appropriate to the particular case, expressed in the form of a royal command directing the sheriff of the county in which the judgment debtor's goods are situated to seize in execution such of those goods as are authorised to be seized by law and to sell so much of them as may be sufficient to satisfy the judgment debt. The usual method of enforcement of a money judgment is by way of a writ of fieri facias.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


fieri facias
(fee-air-ee fay-shee-es) Latin for "that you cause to be done." This is a court document that instructs a sheriff to seize and sell a defendant's property in order to satisfy a monetary judgment against the defendant.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


fieri facias
(Latin: Cause (it) to be done.)
The name of a writ of execution that directs a sheriff to seize and sell the goods and chattels of a judgment debtor in order to satisfy the judgment against the debtor.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


fieri facias
[Latin, Cause (it) to be done.] The name of a writ of execution that directs a sheriff to seize and sell the goods and chattels of a judgment debtor in order to satisfy the judgment against the debtor.

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