nulla bona

nulla bona

From Latin, literally, "no goods," a writ returned by a sheriff or similar official to indicate that no goods were obtained that can be used to satisfy a legal action for debt or damages. A warrant of execution was issued to cover the cost of the judgment, but after a thorough search of the defendant's dwellings revealed no property of any substantial value, the sheriff was forced to return a write of nulla bona.
See also: bona, nulla
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