Writ of Covenant Law and Legal Definition

A writ of covenant is an ancient writ issued to a person who claims damages as a result of a breach of promise under seal or other covenant. Hence, the foundation of a writ of covenant is a supposed agreement or covenant that the one shall convey the land to the other. It can be had as ‘of course’ at all circumstances when the tenement that is in question is of small value. It was popular during the reign of Henry III, and by the end of the reign it had begun to expel even the writ of warranty of charter. The procedure involved for its institution is cheap and expeditious. It is also termed as breve de coventione or praecipe.