writ of assistance

Definition of writ of assistance

  1. 1 :  a writ issued to a law officer (such as a sheriff or marshal) for the enforcement of a court order or decree; especially :  one used to enforce an order for the possession of lands

  2. 2 :  a writ used especially in colonial America authorizing a law officer to search in unspecified locations for unspecified illegal goods

First Known Use of writ of assistance

1706


Law Dictionary

writ of assistance

  1. see writ


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