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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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Mr Jones said: "The move away from national funding to an increased reliance on the precept, putting the onus on local tax payers, is not only unfair, but will not raise the same amount of money.
He claimed he was able to avoid imposing a precept because of success in winning more funding from central government, which the Mayor said amounted to PS1.7 billion since May 2017.
The mayor's office has now confirmed that the charge will be introduced, while announcing the region's police precept will also be hiked from April by the maximum amount.
"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.
There's no "they," though, so don't waste a perfectly good anxiety attack on the ghost posse of the precepts.
He urged lawmakers to consider the decree-law with utmost national responsibility that marks the executive and legislature, pointing out that the text does not prejudice Islamic precepts in any way, nor does it trespass on Bahrain's sovereignty.
FAMILIES in a part of Newcastle face a hefty parish precept payment again.
Its parish councillors meet on Thursday to vote on a draft budget precept for 2015-16 that some predict could bring in a further [pounds sterling]50,000.
Mr Michael said he would have liked to increase the precept by 7% to meet the deficit South Wales Police are suffering.
Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Although I had the option of accepting a grant from the Government to freeze the precept for a year I chose not to do that as I would have had to make up the shortfall next year."
Some of the councils would potentially have to increase their current precept by almost 50% to stand still, with households having to pay between PS5.56 and PS21 a year extra for their town and parish services.
The police authority meeting at St Asaph will be urged to levy the precept, which is included in council tax bills, because it offers the best balance between the need to provide sufficient funds "to sustain the force at a time of far reaching changes" and to limit the impact on taxpayers.