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Detainer

DETAINER (from detain, Lat. detinere), in law, the act of keeping a person against his will, or the wrongful keeping of a person's goods, or other real or personal property. A writ of detainer was a form for the beginning of a personal action against a person already lodged within the walls of a prison; it was superseded by the Judgment Act 1838.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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