ⓘ Writ. In English common law, a writ is a formal written order issued by a body with administrative or judicial jurisdiction. In modern use this generally is a c ..


ⓘ Writ

In English common law, a writ is a formal written order issued by a body with administrative or judicial jurisdiction. In modern use this generally is a court. Writs are issued by courts directing the person to whom they are addressed to do something or to not do something. Writs may also be used to direct other courts or public authorities. The authority for a court to issue a writ is given by the All Writs Act which is a United States federal statute originally a part of the Judiciary Act of 1789.


1. History

In its earliest form a writ was simply a written order made by the English king to a specified person to undertake a specified action. For example in the feudal era a military summons by the king to one of his tenants-in-chief to appear dressed for battle with his knights at a certain place and time. An early usage survives in the United Kingdom. Also in Canada in a writ of election. This was is a written order issued on behalf of the monarch in Canada, the Governor General to local officials High Sheriffs of every county in historical UK to hold a general election. Writs were used by the medieval English kings to summon persons to Parliament.


2. Types of writs

There have been a great many kinds of writs. Some of the more common types still in use are:

  • Writ of Habeas corpus: A legal document ordering a person who has been arrested to come before a court.
  • Writ of Certiorari abbreviated Cert.: A kind of writ issued by an appellate court to review cases from a lower court.
  • Writ of Prohibition: This writ directs a public authority not to take a specified action. Usually issued by appellate courts to lower courts.
  • Writ of Coram nobis: A writ issued by an appeals court to a lower court to correct a previous error.
  • Writ of Mandamus: This directs a government department or official to take an action.
  • Writ of Quo warranto: A type of writ used to challenge the legality of someone holding a public office.
  • suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus. Since the end of the Civil War, historians have constantly reviewed Abraham Lincoln s suspension of the writ of habeas
  • A writ of habeas corpus English: ˌheɪbiəs ˈkɔːrpəs Latin: may you have the body is a writ legal action that requires a person who has been arrested
  • The actual delivery was a custom, not a requirement. He then ruled that a writ of mandamus a type of court order was the correct way for Marbury to rule
  • A warrant is a writ that permits someone to take a specific legal action. Most often the writ is from a judge. It is used by law enforcement to take actions
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  • directly from the king. During the 13th century barons were summoned by royal writ to attend Parliament. The word baron comes from Old French baron, itself
  • defeats King Philip III of France in a naval battle off of Barcelona. The writ Circumspecte Agatis, issued by King Edward I of England, defines the jurisdictions
  • they are also life peers. Peers are called to the House of Lords with a writ of summons. Members of the House of Lords UK Parliament. 2012. Archived
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  • Ros, the oldest continuously held peerage title in England, is created by writ of summons. May 26 Prince Koreyasu, Japanese shogun died 1326 Pope Clement