writ of assistance

writ of assistance.

1. A writ to enforce a court’s decree transferring real property, the title of which has been previously adjudicated. [Cases: Assistance, Writ of

1. C.J.S. Assistance, Writ of § 2.]

2. Hist. A writ issued by the Court of Exchequer ordering the sheriff to assist in collecting a debt owed the Crown.

3. Hist. In colonial America, a writ issued by a superior colonial court authorizing an officer of the Crown to enter and search any premises suspected of containing contraband. • The attempted use of this writ in Massachusetts — defeated in 1761 — was one of the acts that led to the American Revolution.

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