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LEVARI FACIAS, Eng. law. A writ of execution against the goods and chattels
of a clerk. Also the writ of execution on a judgment at the suit of the
crown. When issued against an ecclesiastic, this writ is in effect the writ
of fieri facias directed to the bishop of the diocese, commanding him to
cause execution to be made of the goods and chattels of the defendant in his
diocese. The writ also recites, that the sheriff had returned that the
defendant had no lay fee, or goods or chattels whereof he could make a levy,
and that the defendant was a beneficed clerk; &c. See 1, Chit. R. 428; Id.
589, for cases when it issues at the suit of the crown. This writ is also
used to recover the plaintiff's debt; the sheriff is commanded to levy,
such debt on the lands and goods of the defendant, in virtue of which he may
seize his goods, and receive the rents and profits of his lands, till
satisfaction be made to the plaintiff. 8 Bl. Com. 417; Vin. Ab. 14; Dane's
Ab. Index, h.t.
2. In Pennsylvania, this writ is used to sell lands mortgaged after a judgment has been obtained by the mortgagee, or his assignee, against the mortgagor, under peculiar. proceeding authorized by statute. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3396.