Legal Terms

warrant – An arrest warrant is a written order directing the arrest of a party. A search warrant orders that a specific location be searched for items, which if found, can be used in court as evidence. Search warrants require probable cause in order to be issued. 

witness – A person called upon by either side in a lawsuit to give testimony before the court or jury. 

writ – A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.