What Is a Detainer Warrant?

In criminal law, a detainer warrant is used to ensure transfer for a current inmate of one jurisdiction who has pending charges in another jurisdiction, according to USLegal. In real estate law, a detainer warrant is a civil court document used by landlords pursuing eviction proceedings, according to Landlord Guidance.

As detailed by The Law Dictionary, in the criminal context, a detainer warrant ensures that a defendant is transferred to detention in the new jurisdiction once the current sentence expires, rather than being released. In the case of detainer warrants used by landlords, the warrant sets a court date based on provisions articulated by state and local law, according to the Nashville Sheriff's Office.