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Execution (legal)


Criminal law

Execution is the act of putting a person to death, with or without judicial process (for cases under judicial process, see capital punishment). Military executions are typically by firing squad (for violations of orders in wartime or the laws of war) or by hanging (typically for cowardice, or commission of atrocities or other crimes).

Execution through history

  • From 600 BC through the 20th Century crucifixion has been used as a method of execution.
  • The headman's axe was used in Germany and England in the 16th and 17th Centuries.
  • The French Revolution is famous for its pioneering of the guillotine.

Related topics


  • Geoffrey Abbott - Execution: A Guide to Ultimate Penalty (2004)

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Civil law

In the context of civil law, execution is the process of enforcing a judgment for money damages. Processes available for execution include garnishment, attachment, and levy.

Last updated: 08-02-2005 14:48:11
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