Latin: Otherwise; at another time; in another manner; formerly. Alias dictus. “Otherwise called.” This phrase (or its shorter and more usual form, ahas,) when placed between two names in a. pleading or other paper indicates that the same person is known by both those names. A fictitious name assumed by a person is colloquially termed an “alias.” Ferguson v. State, 134 Ala. 63, 32 South. 760, 92 Am. St. Rep. 17; Turns v. Com., 6 Mete. (Mass.) 235; Kennedy v. People, 1 Cow. Or. Rep. (N. Y.) 119. Alias writ. An okas writ is a second writ issued in the same cause, where a former writ of the same kind had been issued without effect In such case, the language of the second writ is, “We command you, as we have before [sictu alias] commanded you,” etc. Roberts v. Church, 17 Conn. 142; Farris v. Walter, 2 Colo. App. 450, 31 Pac. 231.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
practice. This word is prefixed to the name of a second writ of the same kind issued in the same cause; as, when a summons has been issued and it is returned by the sheriff, nil, and another is issued, this is called an alias summons. The term is used to all kinds of writs, as alias fi. fa., alias vend. exp. and the like. Alias dictus, otherwise called; a description of the defendant by an addition to his real name of that by which he is bound in the writing; or when a man is indicted and his name is uncertain, he may be indicted as A B, alias dictus C D.