writ of fieri facias
England, Wales
writ of fieri facias, Also known as execution against goods.
A writ of fieri facias (writ of fi fa) commands a High Court enforcement officer (previously called a Sheriff) to seize and sell at auction enough of a debtor's goods in order to obtain the funds to satisfy a money judgment. In the county courts, the equivalent command to a county court bailiff is called a warrant of execution.

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  • writ of fieri facias — writ of fie‧ri fa‧ci‧as [ˌrɪt əv ˌfaɪəraɪ ˈfeɪʆiəs ǁ ˌfaɪri ] abbreviation fi fa noun writs of fieri facias PLURALFORM [countable] LAW a writ ordering an officer to take and sell property belonging to someone who owes money, until the value of… …   Financial and business terms

  • fieri facias — fi·e·ri fa·ci·as / fī ə rē fā shē əs, sē ; fē e rē fä kē ˌäs/ n [Medieval Latin, literally, may you cause it to be done, from words used in the writ, typically de terris et cattalis fieri facias may you raise from the lands and chattels (of the… …   Law dictionary

  • fieri facias — ➔ writ of fieri facias …   Financial and business terms

  • Fieri facias — In English law, fieri facias , usually abbreviated fi. fa. (Latin that you cause to be made ) is a writ of execution issued in the High Court after judgment obtained in a legal action for debt or damages.It is addressed to the sheriff or High… …   Wikipedia

  • fieri facias — writ concerning a sum awarded in judgment (often requiring seizure and sale of property for debt), Latin, lit. cause it to be done, the first words of the writ …   Etymology dictionary

  • Fieri facias — Fi e*ri fa ci*as [L., cause it to be done.] (Law) A judicial writ that lies for one who has recovered in debt or damages, commanding the sheriff that he cause to be made of the goods, chattels, or real estate of the defendant, the sum claimed.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fieri facias de bonis testatoris — /fayaray feys(hXi)yas diy bownas testatoras/ The writ issued on an ordinary judgment against an executor when sued for a debt due by his testator. If the sheriff returns to this writ nulla bona, and a devastavit (q.v.), the plaintiff may sue out… …   Black's law dictionary

  • fieri facias — /fuy euh ruy fay shee as /, Law. a writ commanding a sheriff to levy and sell as much of a debtor s property as is necessary to satisfy a creditor s claim against the debtor. Abbr.: FI. FA., fi. fa. [1425 75; late ME < L: lit., have it made,… …   Universalium

  • fieri facias — (Fi. Fa.) /fayaray feys(h)(i)yas/ Means that you cause (it) to be done. Judicial writ directing sheriff to satisfy a judgment from the debtor s property. In its original form, the writ directed the seizure and sale of goods and chattels only, but …   Black's law dictionary

  • fieri facias — A writ of execution; the ordinary writ for the seizure and sale of property of a judgment debtor. 30 Am J2d Exec § 28. See testatum writ …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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