Definition of Certiorari

1. Noun. A common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case.

Exact synonyms: Writ Of Certiorari
Generic synonyms: Judicial Writ, Writ
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

Definition of Certiorari

1. n. A writ issuing out of chancery, or a superior court, to call up the records of a inferior court, or remove a cause there depending, in order that the party may have more sure and speedy justice, or that errors and irregularities may be corrected. It is obtained upon complaint of a party that he has not received justice, or can not have an impartial trial in the inferior court.

Definition of Certiorari

1. Noun. (US legal) A grant of the right of an appeal to be heard by an appellate court where that court has discretion to choose which appeals it will hear. ¹

2. Noun. (British legal) A grant of review of a government action by a court with discretion to make such a review. ¹

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Definition of Certiorari

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Literary usage of Certiorari

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"Petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma granted. (248 u. 8. 671) " " No. 640. LIFE PRESERVER SUIT COMPANY, Inc., ..."

2. A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown: Or, A System of the Principal Matters by William Hawkins, John Curwood (1824)
"18. no certiorari shall issue to remove any proceedings before justices of peace, ... 410 After a certiorari is allowed, all subsequent proceedings on the ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"certiorari c=>42 (4)—Petition, containing no assignment of error with which court can deal, Is a nullity. "A petition for certiorari, which contains DO ..."

4. A General Abridgment and Digest of American Law: With Occasional Notes and by Nathan Dane (1824)
"If a certiorari be unadvisedly issued, and for this 242. — l sessions, who had confirmed an order of two justices, made — I™ NB tne fi'e- This certiorari ..."

5. Commentaries on the Law of Municipal Corporations by John Forrest Dillon (1911)
"ministrative, does not involve the exercise of judicial functions, and cannot be reviewed by certiorari.1 This rule is applied, although the discretion of ..."

6. A Practical Treatise on the Criminal Law: Comprising the Practice, Pleadings Joseph Chitty by Joseph Chitty (1819)
"(/) And wherever the purport of a certiorari is not to proceed upon the record to be removed, but only to try an issue of nul tiel record, it is sufficient ..."

7. A Treatise on the Right of Personal Liberty: And on the Writ of Habeas by Rollin Carlos Hurd, Frank Hunt Hurd (1876)
"In Ohio it was held that a proceeding in certiorari to reverse an order made by a state judge discharging a prisoner on habeas corpus, is in its nature a ..."

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