Undue Return Law and Legal Definition

Undue return is an officer's false, defective or inaccurate return of a writ or process placed in his hands for execution.

The following is an example of a case law referring to undue return:

“To make return according to law is not only to return the precept to the authority that issued it, but also to return with it a statement by the officer of his doings in executing it, and that statement must recite substantially all of his doings within the scope of the proper execution of the process, and must show that he has faithfully obeyed every lawful command of the process and of the statute, otherwise the return will be "undue," and insufficient for his protection.” [Gibson v. Holmes, 78 Vt. 110 (Vt. 1905)].