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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 329 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WARRANT OF ATTORNEY. A warrant of attorney to confess judgment is a security for money (now practically obsclete) in the form of an authority to a solicitor named by a creditor, empowering him to sign judgment in an action against .the debtor for the sum due, with a defeasance, or clause that the warrant shall not be put into force in case of due payment of the money secured. It was often used as a collateral security, either for the payment of an annuity or with mortgages, in order that the mortgagee, by entering up judgment, might obtain priority in the administration of the assets of the mortgagor. The Debtors Act 1869 contained various provisions for making known to the debtor the extent of the liability incurred by him, among others that the warrant must be executed in the presence of a solicitor named by the debtor, and that it and the defeasance must be written on the same paper. A warrant of attorney must be duly stamped, generally as a mortgage (q.v.), and must be registered as a judgment in the central office of the Supreme Court. WARRANT-OFFICER, in the British navy, the name given to officers who rank next to those who hold commissions, being appointed by warrant. They include the master, purser, surgeon, gunner, boatswain and carpenter, the first three being of " ward-room rank," i.e. messing with the lieutenants. In the military forces a warrant-officer is appointed by a secretary of state's warrant, and ranks below the commissioned officers and above the non-commissioned officers. A warrant-officer often holds an honorary commission.
WARRANT (Med. Lat. warantum; O. Fr. garant, warant,...

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