French law. This Latin word was, in the ancient practice,
placed at the bottom of a judgment emanating from another tribunal, and was
a permission and authority to the officer to execute it within the
jurisdiction of the judge who put it below the judgment.
2. We have something of the same kind in our practice. When a warrant for
the arrest of a criminal is issued by a justice of the peace of one county,
and he flies into another, a justice of the latter county may endorse the
warrant and then the ministerial officer may execute it in such county.
This is called backing a warrant.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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