The Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary gives the following examples of "said": http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/said

The following is a description of how said property [=the property mentioned before] is divided.

by order of the judge of said court

It puzzles me why the boldfaced parts do not come with a definite article. Other dictionaries would have "the" with such examples.

  • In legal texts, and in non-legal texts written by those who often write legal texts, it is not unusual to find the article absent there. Articles in legal prose can sound unidiomatic on several fronts. For example, "a writing". "(the) said X" and "(the) aforementioned X" are semantically quite close to a demonstrative, "this X" or "that X". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 4 '18 at 14:42
  • What do you mean by "a writing"? – Apollyon Jan 4 '18 at 15:18
  • We don't normally use writing as a count noun in the singular with the indefinite article a, but that is common in legal texts. It is a synonym for a document or a writ of some kind, words on a page. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 4 '18 at 21:30

Here said is being used to reference or mention something that has been previously mentioned in a document.

Because said indicates that the two nouns have already been referred to it therefore acts in a similar way to the use of the because the definite article the is also used to refer to a noun that has already been referred to or mentioned. (the first mention is usually preceded by an indefinite article).

Therefore the use of the in the following phrases would be redundant.

The said property. The said court.

Said is commonly used in business and legal documents for brevity and and as a conventional practice.

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