Capias Pro Fine

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Meaning of Capias pro fine

A writ which Issuefl against a defendant who had been lined, and did not discharge the fine according to the judgment. The object of the writ was to arrest a defendant against whom a plaintiff had obtained judgment, and detain him until he paid to the king the fine for the public misdemeanor, coupled with the remedy for the private injury sustained, in all cases of forcible torts (11 Coke, 43; 5 Mod. 285), falsehood in denying one’s own deed (Co. Litt. 131; 8 Coke, 60), unjustly claiming property in replevin, or contempt by disobeying the command of the king’s writ, or the express prohibition of any statute (8 Coke, 60). It is now abolished. 2 Sharswood, Bl. Comm. 398.

What does Capias Pro Fine mean in American Law?

The definition of Capias Pro Fine in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

Roughly, the form of capias ad respondendum used to compel the payment of a fine imposed under statute. It also covered amercements.

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