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COMMIT Definition & Legal Meaning

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In practice. To send a person to prison by virtue of a lawful authority, for any crime or contempt, or to an asylum, workhouse, reformatory, or the like, by authority of a court or magistrate. People v. Reach, 122 Cal. 37, 54 Pac. 300; Cummington v. Wareham, 9 Cush. (Mass.) 585; French v. Bancroft, 1 Mete. (Mass.) 502; People v. Warden, 73 App. Div. 174, 76 N. Y. Supp. 728. To deliver a defendant to the custody of the sheriff or marshal, on his surrender by his bail. 1 Tidd, Pr. 285, 287.

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