Definition of ELEGIT


ELEGIT

Eng. practice, remedies. A writ of execution directed to the
sheriff, commanding him to make delivery of a moiety of the partys land,
and all his goods, beasts of the plough only excepted.

2. The sheriff, on the receipt of the writ, holds an inquest to ascertain
the value of the lands and goods he has seized, and then they are delivered
to the plaintiff, who retains them until the whole debt and damages have
been paid and satisfied, during that term he is called tenant by elegit.
Co. Litt. 289. Vide Pow. Mortg. Index, h. t., Wats. Sher. 206. As to the
law of the several states on the subject. of seizing land and extending it.
see 1 Hill. Ab. 556-6.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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