[Latin, Nothing.] The abbreviated designation of a statement filed by a sheriff or constable with a court describing his or her unsuccessful attempts to serve a writ, notice, or process upon the designated person.
The complete phrase nihil est refers to a failure to serve any writ while the term nihil habet describes the failure to serve a writ scire facias or another writ.
The term nil is a contracted form of nihil.
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