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Meaning of Mittimus

A warrant of committal to prison and is a name of a written percept issued from a court or magistrate commanding the sheriff or other officer to convey to prison the person named therein and commanding the jailer to receive and safely keep such person until he shall be delivered by due course of law.

Mittimus Alternative Definition

In Old English Law. A writ inclosing a record sent to be tried in a county palatine. It derives its name from the Latin word mittimus, “we send.” It is the jury process of these counties, and commands the proper oflBcer of the county palatine to command the sheriff to summon the jury for the trial of the cause, and to return the record, etc. 1 Mart. (La.) 278; 2 Mart. (La.) 88. In Criminal Practice. A precept in writing, under the hand and seal of a justice of the peace, or other competent officer, directed to the jailer or keeper of a prison, commanding him to receive and safely keep a person charged with an offense therein named, until he shall be delivered by due course of law. Co. Litt. 590.

Synonyms of Mittimus


  • authorization
  • command
  • command to incarcerate
  • court order of imprisonment
  • decree
  • decretal
  • direction to imprison
  • edict
  • legal order
  • mandate
  • official order
  • order
  • transcript of minutes of commitment
  • warrant of commitment
  • written precept of imprisonment
  • Associated Concepts: commitment

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