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Scire Fieri Inquiry

English Law: Scire Fieri Inquiry in the Past

The name of a writ, the history of the origin of which is as follows: when on an execution de bonis testatoris against an executor the sheriff (see law enforcement in the U.K. encyclopedia) returned nulla bona and also a devastavit, a fieri fac-ias, de bonis propriis, might formerly have been issued against the executor, without a earlier inquisition finding a devastavit and a scire facias. But the most usual practice upon the sheriff’s return of nulla bona a to a fieri facias de bonis testatoris, was to sue out a special writ of fieri facias de bonis testatoris, with a clause in it, “et si tibi constare, poterit,” that the executor had wasted the goods, then to levy de bonis propriis. This was the practice in the king’s bench till the time of Charles I.

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In the common pleas a practice had prevailed in early times upon a suggestion in the special writ of fieri facias of a devastavit by the executor, to direct the sheriff (see law enforcement in the U.K. encyclopedia) to inquire by a jury, whether the executor had wasted the goods and if the jury found he had, then a scire facias was issued out against him and unless he made a good defense tto this, an execution de bonis propriis was awarded against him.

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The practice of the two courts being different, several cases were brought into the king’s bench on error and at last it became the practice of both courts, for the sake of expedition, to incorporate the fieri facias inquiry and scire facias, into one writ, thence called a scire fieri inquiry, a name compounded of the first words of the two writs of scire facias and fieri facias and that of inquiry, of which it consists.

Other Aspects

This writ recites the fieri facias de bonis testatoris sued out on the judgment against the executor, the return of nulla bona by the sheriff (see law enforcement in the U.K. encyclopedia) and then suggesting that the executor bad sold and converted the goods of the testator to the value of the debt and damages (see more about this popular legal topic in the U.K. encyclopedia) recovered, commands the sheriff (see law enforcement in the U.K. encyclopedia) to levy the said debt and damages (see more about this popular legal topic in the U.K. encyclopedia) of the goods of the testator in the hands of the executor, if they could be but if it should appear to him by the inquisition of a jury that the executor had wasted the goods of the testator, then the sheriff (see law enforcement in the U.K. encyclopedia) is to warn the executor to appear, etc. If the judgment had been either by or against the testator or intestate or both, the writ of fieri facias recites that fact and also that the court had adjudged, upon a scire facias to revive the judgment, that the executor or administrator should have execution for the debt, etc. Clift’s Entr. 659; Lilly’s Entr. 664; 3 Rich. Pr. K. B. 523.

More Information

Although this practice is sometimes adopted, yet the most usual proceeding is by action of debt on the judgment, suggesting a devastavit, because in the proceeding by scire fieri inquiry the plaintiff is not entitled to costs, unless the executor appears and pleads to the scire facias. 1 Saund. 219, n. 8. See 2 Archb. Pr. 934. [1]

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Notes and References

  1. Partialy, this information about scire fieri inquiry is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including scire fieri inquiry.

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