Dedimus Potestatem de Attornato Faciendo Law and Legal Definition

Dedimus Potestatem de Attornato Faciendo refers to an ancient common law exemption whereby a person was exempted from attending any court summons in person. It allowed representation by an attorney instead. Generally in common law, the parties in an action were obliged to appear in court in person, unless allowed by a special warrant from the Crown bearing the title dedimus potestatem de attornato faciendo to appoint an attorney.