Ground Writ Law and Legal Definition

Ground writ means a writ issued in a county to allow a writ of capias ad satisfaciendum or of fieri facias to be executed in a county where the defendant or defendant’s property was discovered. A ground writ can be issued only in a county which had the venue of the action. The writ of capias ad satisfaciendum or of fieri facias could not be executed in a county which do not have a venue of the action until a ground writ and a writ of testatum writ were first issued. However this requirement was abolished by the English common law procedure act of 1852. As a result it was not necessary to issue any writ directed to the sheriff of the county in which the venue is laid, instead writs of execution may issue at once into any county and be directed to and executed by the sheriff of any county, without reference to the county in which the venue is laid and without any suggestion of the issuing of a prior writ into such county.