One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A warrant committing a person to prison.
- ‘I will then examine, whether the statute of Connecticut requires a mittimus for commitment on attachments?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After the convictions were affirmed on appeal, the defendant requested and obtained delays in the issuance of the mittimus in each case.’
- ‘In the future, the mittimus should be sent electronically to the Department of Corrections.’
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).
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