writ of error


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n writ of error a judicial writ from an appellate court ordering the court of record to produce the records of trial
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Writ of error (Law) an original writ, which lies after judgment in an action at law, in a court of record, to correct some alleged error in the proceedings, or in the judgment of the court.
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In literature:

A petition for a writ of error having been dismissed, the Professor in July addressed a petition for clemency to the Council of the State.
"A Book of Remarkable Criminals" by H. B. Irving
Whenever that event took place it was believed that Devonshire would bring a writ of error.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
They're going to try for a writ of error, or what the devil they call it, before the peers.
"The Kellys and the O'Kellys" by Anthony Trollope
By David Kilgore, of Indiana: Trial by jury and writ of error under fugitive-slave law.
"Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2" by John George Nicolay and John Hay
It never was pretended that a writ of error ought to have been granted, unless the matter was apparent on the record.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
An appeal or writ of error from his decisions was seldom taken.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
The national Supreme Court then issued a writ of error to the State court which refused to make a return.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
Writs of error were granted to both freemen and slaves.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919" by Various
Hayes at once obtained a writ of error, which the district court reserved for decision in the Supreme Court of the State.
"The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes" by James Quay Howard
The question arose upon a writ of error to the judgment of the Common Pleas of Luzerne county, in an action by Wm.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

In poetry:

This had not saved him. Still the stain
Of the intention--had I erred
And 't was not he--had writ the word
Red on my soul that branded Cain;
For still my error had incurred
The fact of guilt that would remain.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Where a petition for a writ of error coram nobis has been denied, the denial order should be affirmed in the interests of justice.