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    Search warrant is defined as an order issued by a judge that lets police officers look through certain premises, vehicles or containers for certain things or persons, and bring them before the court.

    Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)

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    Another definition of a search warrant is a judge’s written order authorizing a law enforcement officer to conduct a search of a specified place and to seize evidence.

    State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)

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    An order that tells the police to search a specific place to find specific people or things. A judge can order a search warrant if there is probable cause.

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)

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    A written order, issued by the court, directing the police to search a specified location for particular personal property (stolen or illegally possessed).

    State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Superior Court Operations Division. “Glossary of Legal Terminology – Most Frequently Used Terms”

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    An order issued by a judge or magistrate commanding a sheriff, constable, or other officer to search a specified location.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    An order in writing, issued by a judge, directing an officer, at a particular place, to search for and seize particular property that may be evidence of the commission of a crime.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)