Federal Courts Do Not Issue Valid Orders — Check the Orders in Your Case


One of the many ways that federal judges routinely violate the law is by issuing “orders” that appear to be court orders, but they are merely invalid pieces of paper.

 28 U.S.C. § 1691 requires that all orders must be signed and issued under seal.

In my experience, federal courts rarely issue legal orders….

The word “process” at 28 U.S.C. § 1691 means a court order.  See Middleton Paper Co. v. Rock River Paper Co., 19 F. 252 (C.C. W.D. Wisconsin 1884);  Taylor v. U.S., 45 F. 531 (C.C. E.D. Tennessee 1891);  U.S. v. Murphy, 82 F. 893 (DCUS Delaware 1897);  Leas & McVitty v. Merriman, 132 F. 510 (C.C. W.D. Virginia 1904);  U.S. v. Sharrock, 276 F. 30 (DCUS Montana 1921);  In re Simon, 297 F. 942, 34 ALR 1404 (2nd Cir. 1924);  Scanbe Mfg. Co. v. Tryon, 400 F.2d 598 (9th Cir. 1968);  and Miles v. Gussin, 104 B.R. 553 (Bankruptcy D.C. 1989).

“The district court held that ‘the injunction signed only by a deputy clerk of the District Court is void’ for want of a judicial signature. Section 1691 of Title 28, U.S.C. (which was not called to the attention of the district court) provides that ‘All writs and process issuing from a court of the United States shall be under the seal of the court and signed by the clerk thereof.'”  In view of the clear provisions of the statute, the judgment must be reversed.” (Scanbe Mfg. Co. v. Tryon, 400 F.2d 598 (9th Cir. 1968).)

“The legal meaning of the word ‘process’ varies according to the context, subject matter, and spirit of the statute in which it occurs. [United States v. Kinney, D.C., 264 F. 542, writ of error dismissed 254 U.S. 663, 41 S. Ct. 64, 65 L. Ed. 464; United States v. Murphy, D.C., 82 F. 893.] In some jurisdictions codes or statutes variously define ‘process’ as signifying or including: A writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings; all writs, warrants, summonses, and orders of courts of justice or judicial officers; or any writ, declaration, summons, order, or subpoena whereby any action, suit, or proceeding shall be commenced, or which shall be issued in or upon any action, suit, or proceeding”. 50 Cor. Jur. 442. “The term ‘process’ includes any writ of summons, subpoena or order * * * issued in or upon any action, * * * brought in any court * * * having jurisdiction of the subject-matter.” Ex parte Schollenberger, 96 U.S. 369, 374, 24 L. Ed. 853. “A ‘process’ is merely a formal writing issued by authority of law. In re Martin, 86 N.J.Eq. 265, 98 A. 510; State v. Superior Court of Thurston County, 139 wash. 454, 247 P. 942; see, also, In re Simon [2 Cir.], 297 F. 942; Frank Adams Elec. Co. v. Witman, 16 Ga.App. 574, 85 S.E. 819.” Massey v. United States, D.C., 46 F.2d 78, 79. (United States v. Fore, 38 F. Supp. 142 (03/10/1941).)

“The term ‘process’ is not limited to ‘summons.’ In its broadest sense it is equivalent to, or synonymous with, ‘procedure,’ or ‘proceeding.’  …the term is also broadly defined as the means whereby a court compels a compliance with its demands.” 72 CJS Process § 2, at 589 (1987).

See also Chisholm v. Gilmer, 299 U.S. 99 (1936).

Furthermore, the word “process” itself implies court action. It is generally defined as the means by which a court compels the appearance of a defendant before it or by which the court compels a compliance with its demands. Black’s Law Dictionary (Revised Fourth Edition 1968), p. 1370; United States v. Kinney, 264 F. 542 (E.D.Pa.1920); United States v. Fore, 38 F.Supp. 142 (S.D.Cal.1941); 72 C.J.S. Process § 1; State v. Sullivan, 245 Wis. 180, 13 N.W.2d 550 (1944). See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1691-1696. (Girardier v. Webster College, 563 F.2d 126 (1977.)

It is clear that an order is a “process,” and thus must be signed and issued under seal as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1691.

But in my cases in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, there are only a few orders that have been signed and issued under seal.  In my five actions in the United States Supreme Court, there has never been an order signed and issued under seal.  Note: There is no statute that allows a judge to sign using /s/, but even if there was, the orders do not bear the required seal.

This is a legal order — signed and sealed with signature of the Clerk of the Court.

Here are three ILLEGAL so-called “Orders” just issued on three petitions that a man filed in the United States Supreme Court.

Here is one of hundreds of examples from my actions in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Here are some of my invalid orders from the U.S. Supreme Court.

It is my opinion that if the orders issued in a case were not signed and sealed, they are void.  Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 60(b) and 60(d) provide a procedure where you can file a motion (60(b)) or a new complaint (60(d)) to set aside the orders and judgments in your case.

I am not an attorney, and I do not offer legal advice.  I am simply sharing the results of the thousands of hours that I have spent conducting legal research into legal and judicial corruption.

William M. Windsor

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