The writ in an action of replevin, and the accompanying affidavit and recognizance, may be in the following form:

To any proper officer:

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 52-519

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.

By authority of the state of Connecticut, you are hereby commanded, without delay, to cause to be replevied to A.B. of …. certain goods and chattels, to wit: …. of the value of (here insert the value as stated in the affidavit) dollars, now in the possession of C.D. of …. at …. and wrongfully detained by him, and (to attach the goods or estate of C.D., to the value of …. dollars and) him summon to appear before the superior court to be held at …. within and for the judicial district of …. on the …. Tuesday of …., 20..; then and there to answer to A.B., in a civil action, in which the plaintiff complains and says:

(Here follows complaint.)

Hereof fail not, but make due service and return.

Dated at …., this …. day of …., 20..

E.F., Commissioner of the Superior Court.

Judicial district of …. ss. Town of …., 20..

J.S., of …., being duly sworn, deposes and says that he believes that A.B. of …. is entitled to the immediate possession of the following described goods and chattels, namely: ….; that the deponent knows the nature and value of said goods and chattels, and that their true and just value, as nearly as the deponent can estimate it, is …. dollars.


Subscribed and sworn to before me,

E.F., Commissioner of the Superior Court.

Be it remembered that at the town of …. in …. judicial district, on the …. day of …., 20.., there personally appear before me, A.B. of …., as principal, and I.J. of …., as surety, both of whom are known to be of sufficient responsibility, and acknowledged themselves jointly and severally bound to C.D. of …., in a recognizance in the sum of …. dollars, that A.B. of …., who brought the foregoing writ and complaint against C.D., shall prosecute his action to effect, and shall pay to C.D. any judgment that C.D. may recover in the action, and return to C.D. the goods and chattels that may be recovered under the writ, and pay to him all damages that he may sustain by the replevying thereof if A.B. shall fail to establish his right to the possession of the same in the action.



Signed by the obligors in the presence of


Subscribed and taken before me,

E.F., Commissioner of the Superior Court.