A writ requiring the named party to appear in court and show why a judgment should not be executed or some other action taken based on a matter of judicial or public record.
A judicial proceeding under this writ.
A writ, founded on a record, requiring the person against whom it is issued to appear and show cause why the record should not be enforced or annulled.
A proceeding begun by issuing such a writ.
(law) A judicial writ directing the sheriff to make the record known to a specified party, and requiring that defendant to show cause why the party bringing the writ should not be able to cite that record in his own interest, or why, in the case of letters patent and grants, the patent or grant should not be annulled and vacated.
Origin of scire-facias
- Middle English from Latin scīre faciās you should cause (him) to know (a phrase that occurs in the writ) scīre to know faciās second person sing. present subjunctive of facere to do, make
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Latin, let them know.