Arrest Warrant

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Definition: Arrest Warrant

Arrest Warrant

Quick Summary of Arrest Warrant

An order from a court, usually a Magistrates’ Court allowing the police to carry out an arrest.

What is the dictionary definition of Arrest Warrant?

Dictionary Definition

A document issued by a judge or magistrate that authorizes the police to arrest someone. Warrants are issued when law enforcement personnel present evidence to the judge or magistrate that convinces her that it is reasonably likely that a crime has taken place and that the person to be named in the warrant is criminally responsible for that crime.

n. a judge’s order to law enforcement officers to arrest and bring to jail a person charged with a crime, also called a warrant of arrest. The warrant is issued upon a sworn declaration by the district attorney, a police officer or an alleged victim that the accused person committed a crime.

Full Definition of Arrest Warrant

An arrest warrant is a warrant issued by a public officer which authorizes the arrest and detention of an individual.

Warrants are typically issued by courts but can also be issued by houses of Congress or other legislatures (via the call of the house motion) and other political entities.

A bench warrant is a variant of the arrest warrant.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Arrest Warrant are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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