1. Process of removing property from its possessor, pending the outcome of a judicial dispute between multiple parties who claim ownership.
2. Judicially ordered seizure of goods, as from a bankrupt party, or a person who acts in contempt of court.
3. Isolation of jury members or witnesses during trial proceedings, to preserve fairness during the trial. Jury members may be put in hotels to avoid the influence of persons not present at trial. Likewise, witnesses may be isolated from each other in an attempt to ensure that they only testify to what they personally observed.