Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A writ to compel a bishop to admit a prisoner to bail.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Writ to take cautipn or security. A writ which anciently lay against a bishop who held an excommunicated person in prison for his contempt, notwithstanding he had offered sufficient security (idoneam cautionem) to obey the commands of the church; comBi-Law Dict.(2d Ed.)—21 manding him to' take such security and release the prisoner. Beg. Orig. 66; Fitzh. Nat. Brev. 63, C.