Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Estreat (from the Latin extractum) indicates a copy or extract from the Book of Estreats - i.e. the rolls of any court in which the recognisances, amercements, or fines, etc., taken or imposed by such court upon or from an accused person, and which are leviable by the proper officer of the court. Recognisances are estreated when they are forfeited by the accused person's neglect to comply with the condition of the recognisance, by failing to appear or otherwise.