Estreat

Estreat. This word, which is derived from the Latin extractum, denotes a copy or extract from the Book of Estreats, that is to say, the rolls of any Court in which the americiaments or fines, recognisances, &c. imposed or taken by that Court upon or from the accused, and which are to be levied by the bailiff or other proper officer of the Court. Recognizances are said to be estreated when they are forfeited by the failure of the accused to comply with the condition of the recognizance, as by failure to appear or otherwise. (pg 145.)

Source: Brown, Archibald. A New Law Dictionary and Institute of the Whole Law. London: Stevens & Hayes, 1874.

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