Writ of Prohibition of Waste Law and Legal Definition
Writ of prohibition of waste is an ancient common-law writ. It lay for the owner of the inheritance against the commission of waste. A tenant in dower, or the curtesy, or a guardian in chivalry, which issued out of chancery, was directed to the sheriff and commanded him to prevent waste from being committed, and in the execution of which the sheriff might, if necessary, call to his aid the posse comitatus.
“When the court of chancery first granted injunctions, it seems to have taken its jurisdiction from this writ of prohibition of waste.” [Brigham v. Overstreet, 128 Ga. 447, 454 (Ga. 1907)].