Writ of garnishment

An order of the court. The court orders the seizure or attachment of a defendant's property (or that of a judgment debtor) that is in the possession or control of a third party. The person or corporation in possession of the property of the...

writ of mandate (mandamus)

See: mandamus

[Last updated in August of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]

writ of prohibition

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn appellate court's written order to prohibit a lower court from acting because it does not have jurisdiction to do so.

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A write-off means removing an asset from the books, especially as a loss or expense, while to “deduct” an item means to subtract it from gross income or adjusted gross income when calculating taxable income.

In personal-...

Year and a day


A period of time running from any date until the same date in the following year, e.g. from January 1 to January 1 of the following year. At common law, the statute of limitations for filing certain claims and prosecuting certain crimes. The...

Year and day


See year and a day.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Rogers v. Tennessee, 532 U.S. 451 (2001).

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Year and a day rule



1) To give something up or surrender control, especially when required by law.

2) To bring forth a result, as when a search yields criminal evidence or an investment yields a profit.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Schneckloth v...

Zealous witness


A witness whose testimony is clearly biased in favor of the party for whom he or she is testifying.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Mayes v. Gibson, 2010 F.3d 1284, 1291 (10th Cir. 2000).

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