non est inventus
- A term used to describe a sheriff's response to a legal document when the person who is supposed to be served or arrested cannot be located in the legal jurisdiction
- The sheriff was unable to locate the defendant, hence the notation non est inventus was made on the legal document.
- The term non est inventus was used when the individual required for arrest was not found within the judicial jurisdiction.
- When a person to be served is not found within the area of authority, the sheriff usually reports non est inventus.