[He does not act wrongfully in so taking a distress, but if beasts lawfully seized in  this way are detained against gage and pledges, when they have been claimed by  gage and pledges, security having been offered for the performance of the service  and the arrears, or, if the beasts were taken for some other reason, 1<as damage  fesant or for injuriae committed or for debts or other matters which can be determined  without writ,>23then for the plaintiff's appearance in court and submission  to the law,4 <the seizure may be lawful5 but the detainer unlawful,> and [if] that is  proved in the county court the taker will fall into the sheriff's mercy.]6 and the  sheriff will release the beasts thus seized on the understanding that their owner come  to his lord's court on reasonable summons and on an appointed day to answer for  the service he acknowledges and for the arrears of that service.78The lord must  either deny the detainer or admit it. 9<Let the seizure be dealt with first, for they  may not have been seized.> If he admits that it was unlawful, the result is clear.  If he denies that it was such <[that], whether seized rightfully or wrongfully, the  beasts were never claimed by gage and pledges,10 or if [once] claimed, that the  plaintiff did not come to his lord's court to stand trial, so that they were seized a  second time,>1112<If the seizure was for damage done, the question whether the  beasts were seized in his fee13 or outside it may be raised.> and the plaintiff has his  suit ready at hand, its members upon examination agreeing on all points and that  everything was done in their presence, the defendant shall then wage his law with  the twelfth-hand;14 if he fails [to make his law] he falls into the sheriff's mercy as in  the first case, and will restore the damages sustained by the said detention to the  plaintiff. If he makes his law the lord will then withdraw quit, but he will recover no  damages; the plaintiff will be amerced and [the sheriff] will return the beasts seized  to the lord. Then let the plaintiff either satisfy the lord as to his service at once or  cause his beasts to be replevied until an agreed day on which he will do for the lord  what of right he ought to do. But what if after the beasts have been returned they  are claimed by gage and pledges which are then refused? It is submitted that they  ought to be released as before.
If the seizure is unlawful.
 If the seizure is unlawful, as for a service the tenant does not acknowledge and as  to which he is unwilling to answer without the king's writ,15 he who seized the  beasts must then answer for the unlawful seizure, whether he has wrongfully  detained them against gage and pledges, as above, or not, [This is so if the plaintiff  shows by certain proofs and adequate suit that the beasts have been taken for a  service