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The inscription of one's name at the end of a writing, done by a secretary or a subordinate, to attest to the fact that such a writing has been signed by a principal or a superior, thereby vouching for the genuineness of the signature. To write one's name at the end of a document—in addition to the inscription of a name by another—to attest to the authenticity of the signature.

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


to sign (a document already signed by another).
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

COUNTERSIGN. To countersign is to sign on the opposite side of an instrument already signed by some other person or officer, in order to secure its character of a genuine paper; as a bank note is signed by the president and countersigned by the cashier.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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When the case is countersigned and the implementing agency has received notification that the case is in Offered status, the implementing agency will sign the document and send it to the customer.
Oslear's letter to the England & Wales Cricket Board, countersigned by colleague Bob White, said: ' We gave Surrey captain Ian Greig the benefit of the doubt against Gloucestershire, but then noticed that the cross-seam had been opened up against Yorkshire.
The GPs, who countersigned cremation forms filled out by Shipman, faced being struck off.
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Entries must be countersigned by a parent or guardian.
The script, signed and titled by Lennon and countersigned by his wife Yoko Ono in 1969, has the swear word arranged in seven columns with "you" at the centre of the middle column.
The estate tendered a subscription agreement and down payment which was not countersigned by sponsor but held.
They countersigned his forms to let 214 patients be cremated over 18 years.
The panel heard how dozens of bodies were released for cremation after the doctors countersigned Shipman's documents in circumstances where the coroner should have become involved.
Prosecutor Graham Pickavance told the court that, in June 2001, the Passport Office in India Buildings became alerted to an application which was accompanied by a photograph, countersigned on the reverse by Saunders.
He said Green, a lecturer at Handsworth College, was at the heart of the scheme and he had countersigned nearly all the applications.
The finding came to be interpreted as ''gross negligence'' on the part of the two pilots, Flight Lieutenants Jonathan Tapper and Richard Cook, by senior officers who countersigned the inquiry report.