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Writ of Execution

Definition - What does Writ of Execution mean?

A writ of execution is an order from the court that is given to a sheriff instructing him or her to perform a particular action as the result of a conclusion of a court case. Writs of execution give the police department the authority to do things such as seize property, give possession of land to someone, or enforce other transfers of property.

Justipedia explains Writ of Execution

An example of a writ of execution being used could be if the court instructs the sheriff's department to seize a car that was the subject of a lawsuit and return it to a person who has been discovered to be the real owner.

Writs of execution are used because the police department needs to know from the courts what action to take. Without getting that information from the courts, it would be unlawful for the police department to seize property, etc.

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