Definition - What does Writ mean?

A writ is an official order from the court. Writs typically give specific instructions for a person or a group of people to do something. Writs are used by the court to give orders for people to perform a wide range of activities. Writs can be given to other government agencies or to individual people.

Justipedia explains Writ

An example of a writ is a writ of certiorari. A writ of certiorari is an order from a a higher court to a lesser court to provide the record of a particular case to the higher court for examination. Writs can also be given from the court to a police station, such as a writ of attachment. Writs of attachment instruct the sheriff or other members of the police station to seize property as a result of a judgment in a court.

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