Forthwith

Dictionary: 
Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

As soon as, by reasonable exertion, confined to the object, a thing may be done. Thus, when a defendant is ordered to plead forthwith, he must plead within twenty-four hours. When a statute enacts that an act is to be done "forthwith," it means that the act is to be done within a reasonable time. 1 Chit. Archb. Pr. (12th Ed.) 164; Dickerman v. Northern Trust Co., 176 U. S, 181, 20 Sup. Ct. 311, 44 L. Ed. 423; Faivre v. Manderscheid, 117 Iowa, 724, 90 N. W. 76; Martin v. Pifer, 96 Ind. 248.

Author: 
Henry Campbell Black, M.A.
Publisher: 
West Publishing Company
Year Published: 
1910
Genre: 
Law Dictionary