capias ad respondendum
- A legal order requiring law enforcement to physically detain a person to answer a civil allegation
- The court issued a capias ad respondendum when the defendant did not show up for the civil lawsuit hearing.
- In order to ensure the individual would respond to the charges, the judge requested a capias ad respondendum.
- After repeated failure to appear in court, the capias ad respondendum was the last resort to guarantee the person's presence at the trial.