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TESTE OF A WRIT Definition & Legal Meaning

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In practice. The concluding clause, commencing with the word “Witness,” etc. A writ which bears the teste is sometimes said to be tested. “Teste” is a word commonly used in the last part of every writ, wherein the date is contained, beginning with the words, “Teste meipso,” meaning the sovereign, if the writ be an original writ, or be issued in the name of the sovereign; but, if the writ be a judicial writ, then the word “Teste” is followed by the name of the chief judge of the court in which the action is brought, or, in case of a vacancy of such office, in the name of the senior puisne judge. Mozley & Whitley.


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