writ of assistance
writ of assistance definition by Webster's New World
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a writ issued by a court of equity, ordering the transfer of real property to the rightful owner
writ of assistance - Legal Definition
- One of the most hated abuses of common law in colonial America, it was a general warrant for an officer of the crown to search wherever he pleased for goods imported without paying British tariffs. They were greatly abused and led to the constitutional ban against unreasonable search and seizure.
- In current practice, a writ of assistance is a remedy for the transfer of property when the title has been previously decided by a proceeding, and is issued to enforce the prior judgment or decree.