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 of execution, usually for levy upon goods only. See Execution.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    (That you cause to be made.) In practice. A writ of execution commanding the sheriff to levy and make the amount of a judgment from the goods and chattels of the Judgment debtor.
    —Fieri facias de bonis ecclesiasticis. When a sheriff to a common fi. fa. returns nulla bona, and that the defendant 4s a beneficed clerk, not having any lay fee, a plaintiff may issue a fi. fa. de bonis ecclesiasticis, addressed to the bishop of the diocese or to the archbishop, (during the vacancy of the bishop's see,) commanding him to make of the ecclesiastical goods and chattels belonging to the defendant within his diocese the sum therein mentioned. 2 Chit. Archb. Pr. (12th Ed.) 1062,
    —Fieri facias de bonis testatoris. The writ issued on an ordinary judgment against an executor when sued for a debt due by his testator. If the sheriff returns to this writ nulla bona, and a devastavit, (q. v.,) the plaintiff may sue out a fieri factas de bonis propriis, under which the goods of the executor himself are seized. Sweet.