This page is a subsection from the All Types of Writs section.
“Hist. An open writ; one not closed or sealed up.“
“Close Writs” are the opposite of Patent Writs:
“(17c) Hist. 1. A royal writ sealed because the contents were not deemed appropriate for public inspection. 2. A writ directed to a sheriff instead of to a lord.”
- Clause Rolls: “(17c.) Hist. Sealed rolls containing royal writs (close writs) & other documents that the sovereign deemed inappropriate for the public record. — Also termed close rolls.”
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