Judicial Writ Law and Legal Definition

Judicial writ can be any writ that is issued by a court or judicial officer. Historically, Judicial Writs refers to orders issued by a judge in English Courts after the commencement of a law suit. An original writ, issued by the court of Chancery, was the proper document for starting a lawsuit in England for hundreds of years, but courts could issue judicial writs during the course of a proceeding or to give effect to their orders after the lawsuit had commenced. These writs are called judicial writs. It was given under the private seal of the courts and sent out in the name of the chief judge hearing the case. Capias is a form of Judicial writ.