writ of assistance

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of writ of assistance

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 : 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


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legal Definition of writ of assistance

see writ

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