General Warrant


Legal Definition and Related Resources of General Warrant

Meaning of General Warrant

A warrant issued by the Secretary of State for the arrest of such persons as were, for instance, the authors of a seditious libel. No persons were named in such a warrant. In 1765 they were held to be illegal. See Leach v. Money; W tikes v. Wood; Entick v. Carringt&n

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General Warrant in Historical Law

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General warrant in Law Enforcement

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  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: General Warrant

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of General Warrant : A warrant for arrest that does not name or describe the person to be arrested, or a search warrant that does not specify the premises to be searched or the property sought. Such warrants are usually illegal, although they may sometimes be expressly authorized by statute (See power of search). Someone arrested under an illegal general warrant can claim damages for *false imprisonment. Sometimes, however, Parliament grants a general power of arrest while searching premises with a search warrant, e.g. under the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963.



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