Meaning of scire facias

sci•re fa•ci•as

Pronunciation: (sī'rē fā'shē-as" Lat. skē're fä'kē-äs"), [key]
— Law. Law.
  1. a writ requiring the party against whom it is brought to show cause why a judgment, letters patent, etc., should not be executed, vacated, or annulled.
  2. a judicial proceeding initiated by such a writ.
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