ca·​pi·​as | \ ˈkā-pē-əs How to pronounce capias (audio) \

Definition of capias

: an arrest warrant

Examples of capias in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Videos of three days worth of court proceedings obtained by and accompanying court records confirm that Carr issued multiple capiases -- the legal term for an arrest warrant -- and placed arrest bonds on several of them. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Embattled Cleveland Judge Pinkey Carr called public defender ‘little idiot’ after he asked to tell his clients not to come to court amid coronavirus pandemic, video shows," 21 Mar. 2020 Even without the capias, whether the Sheriff’s Office should have known to hold Vail remains in dispute. Rafael Olmeda,, "Accused killer mistakenly set free after mix-up over court papers," 7 June 2019 Without a capias, jail officials had no indication there was any reason to hold Vail once the original charge was dropped, so he was freed from jail. Rafael Olmeda,, "Accused killer roams free as county tries to stop accidental jail releases," 19 June 2019 The Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jail, faulted the clerk for failing to provide a capias. Rafael Olmeda,, "Accused killer roams free as county tries to stop accidental jail releases," 19 June 2019 He was also booked on four court capias warrants, generally issued for failure to appear in court. Diana Samuels,, "Suspect arrested in December homicide in New Orleans East," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of capias

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capias

Middle English, from Latin, literally, you should seize, from capere to take — more at heave entry 1

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“Capias.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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