writ of assistance

writ of assistance
Writs of Assistance exist to enforce judgment of court directing specific act. Matter of Lease Cancellation of Smith, 68 Hawaii 466, 719 P.2d 397, 401.
An equitable remedy normally used to transfer real property, the title of which has been previously adjudicated, as a means of enforcing the court's own decree. TeWalt v. TeWalt, Ind.App., 421 N.E.2d 415, 418.
It is essentially a mandatory injunction, the effect of which is to bring about a change in the possession of realty; it dispossesses the occupant and gives possession to one adjudged entitled thereto by the court. Dusbabek v. Local Building & Loan Ass'n, 178 Okl. 592, 63 P.2d 756, 759.
Despite merger of law and equity in rules practice, provision is made for writ of assistance in Fed.R.Civ.P. 70.
Ancient writs issuing from the Court of Exchequer ordering sheriffs to assist in the collection of debts owed the Crown. Prior to the American Revolution, the writs of assistance gave agents of the Crown in the American colonies the right to search for smuggled goods without any limitations

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