writ

noun
ADJECTIVE
legal
High Court (in the UK)
libel, personal-injury (both BrE)
VERB + WRIT
apply for, seek
obtain

Creditors could obtain a writ for the arrest of their debtors.

grant

The Supreme Court granted a writ.

file, issue, serve (BrE)

A writ was filed in the High Court.

The lawyer came to serve a writ on him.

be served with (BrE), receive

He has been served with a High Court writ.

suspend

During the Civil War, Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.

PREPOSITION
in a/the writ

22 defendants are named in the writ.

writ against (esp. BrE)

The businessmen have issued a writ against the authority for damages.

writ for (esp. BrE)

a writ for damages/libel

writ of (technical)

a writ of execution (BrE)

PHRASES
an application for a writ of …  (BrE), a petition for a writ of …  (AmE)

He can file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus.


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