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Writs Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament

Writs are legal documents which authorise the holding of a general election or by-election. When Parliament is dissolved prior to a general election, writs are issued declaring that an election be held in each constituency.

The Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011 removed the power of the Monarch to issue these writs, making it instead a statutory responsibility of the Lord Chancellor and, for Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. For a by-election the writ is issued by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Meaning of Officina Chartartum (Latin Term)

The following is an old definition of Officina Chartartum (latin term) [1]: The office of writs: the ordinary side of the court of chancery (see, in this resource, the term), because out of it issued, and to it returned, all writs.


Notes and References

  1. Concept of Officina Chartartum (latin term) provided by the Anderson Dictionary of Law (1889) (Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims and an Exposition of the Principles of Law: Comprising a Dictionary and Compendium of American and English Jurisprudence; William C. Anderson; T. H. Flood and Company, Law Publishers, Chicago, United States)


See Also

  • Writ of summons

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  • Article Name: Writs
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  • Description: Writs Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament Writs are legal documents which authorise the holding of a general election or [...]

This entry was last updated: March 16, 2017


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