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An agreement to perform an act in the future.


 - Criminal law, practice. The warrant. or order by which a court or magistrate directs a ministerial officer to take a person to prison. The commitment is either for further hearing, or it is final. The formal requisites of the commitment are, 1st. that it be in writing, under hand, and seal, and show the authority of the magistrate, and the time and place of making it. 2d. It must be made in the name of the United States, or of the commonwealth, or people, as required by the constitution of the United States or, of the several states. 3d. It should be directed to the keeper of the prison, and not generally to carry the party to prison. 4th. The prisoner should be described by his name and surname, or the name he gives as his. 5th. The commitment ought to state that the party has been charged on oath. 6th. The particular crime charged against the prisoner should be mentioned with convenient certainty. 7th. The commitment should point out the place of imprisonment, and not merely direct that the party be taken to prison. 8th. In ...

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