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  The Writ of Arrest, also known as capias ad respondendum (from Latin word capio meaning "to take, to seize or hold") is one of the Prerogative Writs first formed under English law in the 15th Century issued by a court under sign and seal, following first the proper formation and existence of an Original Writ and subsequent refusal for the person to attend.  
  Writ of Arrest  
  Before there was anything called an "arrest warrant", the valid for any form was a writ of arrest. The traditional words of this kind of writ were "thou mayest take", typically the first words of such a writ.  
  Key Historic Laws of Arrest  
  Historic References in UK Statutes 1216 - 1760  

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