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What is the difference between a writ and a warrant

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What is the difference between a writ and a warrant?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  legaleagle replied 5 years ago.

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A writ is a written order issued by a court, commanding the party to whom it is addressed to perform or cease performing a specified act. This is used in civil cases.


A warrant is usually an arrest warrant, a search warrant or a bench warrant. This is issued by a court to order the arrest or search of a person or to order an officer to bring a person before the court. This is used in criminal cases.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Can you get a "warrant" for a traffic violation?
Expert:  legaleagle replied 5 years ago.
Yes a warrant can be issued if you fail to pay the traffic ticket.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I thought traffic was not "criminal". So a warrant can be pretty much used for anything not paid or whatever?

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