Liberate Law and Legal Definition

Liberate is a Latin term meaning, a chancery writ to the exchequer ordering the payment of an annual pension or other sum. It is a writ to the sheriff authorizing delivery of any property given as bond. It is a writ issued to a jailer ordering delivery of a prisoner who has paid bail. It is also a writ issued to a sheriff commanding him to deliver to the plaintiff lands or goods pledged as part of a commercial trade loan arrangement. Generally, the writ of liberate is issued after the inventory had been performed under the writ of extent.