Return Law and Legal Definition

The term return in the context of law denotes the act of delivering back to the court a writ, notice, or other paper which a sheriff, constable, or other ministerial officer was required to serve or execute upon a party to the law suit. While returning the writ, notice, or other paper a sheriff, constable, or other ministerial officer must endorse a brief account of the steps including the mode of service or execution that s/he had taken to serve or execute such writ, notice or other paper.