Most commonly, a court order authorizing law enforcement officers to make an arrest or conduct a search.  An affidavit seeking a warrant must establish probable cause by detailing the facts upon which the request is based.

Wage execution

Also known as garnishment.  A court order to withold money from the defendant to be aplied to a debt owed to the plaintiff or victim.


In bankruptcy proceedings, for the purpose of filing a claim, a claim is unsecured if there is no collateral, or to the extent the value of collateral is less than the amount of the debt.

Unlawful detainer action

A lawsuit brought by a landlord against a tenant to evict the tenant from rental property – usually for nonpayment of rent.