writ of error


writ of error
noun
a judicial writ from an appellate court ordering the court of record to produce the records of trial
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑writ, ↑judicial writ

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: a writ that lies in a competent court after judgment in an action at law in a court of record directing the latter to examine the record or more commonly to remit the record to an appellate court in order that some alleged error in the proceedings or in the judgment of the court may be corrected if it exists

appeal has now generally superseded the proceeding by writ of error

— compare coram nobis

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Law.
a writ issued by an appellate court to the court of record where a case was tried, requiring that the record of the trial be sent to the appellate court for examination of alleged errors.

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writ of error,
Law. an order to a court to send records of a proceeding to a superior or appellate court, so that the judgment may be examined for errors of law.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • writ of error — A writ issued from a court of appellate jurisdiction, directed to the judge or judges of a court of record, requiring them to remit to the appellate court the record of an action before them, in which a final judgment has been entered, in order… …   Black's law dictionary

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  • writ of error — Date: 15th century a common law writ directing an inferior court to remit the record of a legal action to the reviewing court in order that an error of law may be corrected if it exists …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • writ of error — Law. a writ issued by an appellate court to the court of record where a case was tried, requiring that the record of the trial be sent to the appellate court for examination of alleged errors. * * * …   Universalium

  • writ of error — A commission by which the judges of one court are authorized to examine a record on which a judgment was given in another court, and to affirm or reverse that judgment according to law. Cohen v Virginia (US) 6 Wheat 264, 5 1, Ed 257. The… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • writ of error coram nobis — see writ Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • writ of error coram vobis — /rit av ehrar koram vowbas/ This writ, at the English common law, is distinguished from writ of error coram nobis, in that the former issued from the Court of King s Bench to a judgment of the Court of Common Pleas, whereas the latter issued from …   Black's law dictionary