Writ of Protection Law and Legal Definition

A writ of protection means a writ issued to a person required to attend court, intended to secure him/her from arrest in coming, staying, and returning. It also refers to a writ exempting anyone in the service of the Crown from arrest in a judicial proceeding for a year and a day.

In In re Greene, 35 R.I. 67 (R.I. 1913), the court observed that “The municipal court of the city of Providence has the power to issue a writ of protection to a witness attending before it or before a commission appointed by it, and an application for such writ should properly be made before that court and not to the Supreme Court.”