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HAND. That part of the human body at the end of the arm.
     2. Formerly the hand was considered as the symbol of good faith, and some contracts derive their names from the fact that the hand was used in making them; as handsale, (q.v.) mandatum, (q.v.) which comes from a mandata. The hand is still used for various legal or forensic purposes. When a person is accused of a crime and he is arraigned, and he is asked to hold up his right hand; and when one is sworn as a witness, he is required to lay his right hand on the Bible, or to hold it up.
     3. Hand is also the name of a measure of length used in ascertaining the height of horses. It is four inches long. See Measure: Ell.
     4. In a figurative sense, by hand is understood a particular form of writing; as if B writes a good hand. Various kinds of hand have been used, as, the secretary hand, the Roman hand, the court hand, &c. Wills and contracts may be written in any of these, or any other which is intelligible.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'Handcuffs are used only where necessary, for example where there is a risk of escape or aggressive behaviour.
Renowned banker Hussain Lawai was also produced before the court in the same case and was handcuffed.
It merits a mention here that National Accountancy Bureau (NAB) personnel produced Kamran, former PU registrars Prof Dr Raas Masood and Prof Dr Liaqat Ali and former additional registrars Prof Dr Aurangzaib Alamgir and Prof Dr Kamran Abid handcuffed before the court last week.
Records said that when a policeman opened the suspect's car door and fastened a handcuff on the hand of the Indian driver, 26, the latter pressed the accelerator of the car.
He said Porazo was able to flee because the detainee was the only one handcuffed alone while the others were handcuffed in pairs.
He added: "There were three or four officers involved and they applied handcuffs to his wrists.
EuzgE-r DE-E-E-nce reported an incident that took place in September in which Euzdil was denied medical attention by Silivri Prison administrators after he refused to be handcuffed.
"We removed the handcuffs using small cutting equipment and the woman was taken to hospital by ambulance because her wrist was very swollen."
Although handcuffs are readily available to buy here in the UK, you must remember that it is only lawful to use them if you are properly trained and it is a proportionate reaction to the situation."
But in an emergency an officer could always use his truncheon strap as a handcuff by twisting it like a figure of eight around a criminal's wrists.
Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian was led away in handcuffs Tuesday as prosecutors applied to formally detain him for alleged abuse of government funds while in power and a money-laundering case involving campaign contributions.
Officers handcuffed Mena and three other individuals found on the property and removed them to a converted garage where they were allowed to move around but were forced to remain handcuffed.