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An order, writ, warrant, or process. An order or direction, emanating from authority, to an officer or body of officers, commanding that officer or those officers to do some act within the scope of their powers. Rule imposing a standard of conduct or action.

In English Law, the direction issued by a sheriff to the proper returning officers of cities and boroughs within his jurisdiction for the election of members to serve in parliament.

In old French law, a kind of letters issued by the king in subversion of the laws, being orders to the judges to do or tolerate things contrary to law.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

PRECEPT. A writ directed to the sheriff or other officer, commanding him to do something. The term is derived from the operative praecipimus, we command.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Increases in the council tax precept added PS511m to police funding this year - a 14% rise.
The MP said PCCs "frankly have no choice" but to increase the precept. "If PCCs do not raise the precept, they will, in most cases, have to make even deeper cuts, leading to parts of certain areas not being policed at all, which is unacceptable."
Regional mayors across the country have the power to impose precepts, although most of them choose not to do so.
Hurst, Truett-Hurst president, chief executive officer and director will join Precept to focus on national and exclusive brands.
In a report to councillors, he said: "The police and crime panel is required to review the proposed precept, and to make a report on it.
"But first we have to arrive at a precept so we know how much money we have and, as last year, I will be asking the people of North Wales what they are prepared to pay for.
"A [pounds sterling]12 increase on the policing precept in the West Midlands would still mean that local people are paying more than [pounds sterling]50 less than neighbouring forces such as Staffordshire, West Mercia and Warwickshire.
These days, not every person in the pew is familiar with the basic list of obligations known as the precepts of the church.
The duty to disclose the mistake may be reinforced by Precept 8 of the actuaries' code, which indicates that an actuary should take reasonable steps to ensure that actuarial services are not used to mislead other parties.
The news comes as Merseyside's new police commissioner, Jane Kennedy, is proposing a 2% increase in the police precept element of council tax.