Definition of mittimus in English:



  • A warrant committing a person to prison.

    • ‘After the convictions were affirmed on appeal, the defendant requested and obtained delays in the issuance of the mittimus in each case.’
    • ‘Most of the mittimus patients were tried for major felonies and tend to be substantially more violent than regular patients.’
    • ‘You have asked this office to render a formal opinion concerning the service of capias mittimus by state marshals.’
    • ‘In the future, the mittimus should be sent electronically to the Department of Corrections.’
    • ‘I will then examine, whether the statute of Connecticut requires a mittimus for commitment on attachments?’


Latin, literally ‘we send’, first used as the opening word of the writ which transferred records from one court to another ( late Middle English to the early 18th century).