writ of assistance


writ of assistance
writ of assistance see writ

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

writ of assistance
n.
An equitable remedy that transfers title to property that has been determined by the court to belong to the recipient.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


writ of assistance
n.
1 Archaic One of the most hated abuses of common law in colonial America, it was a general warrant for an officer of the crown to search wherever he pleased for goods imported without paying British tariffs. They were greatly abused and led to the constitutional ban against unreasonable search and seizure.
2 In current practice, a writ of assistance is a remedy for the transfer of property when the title has been previously decided by a proceeding, and is issued to enforce the prior judgment or decree.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


writ of assistance
A court order issued to enforce an existing judgment.

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

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