Definition of certiorari in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌsəːtɪə(ʊ)ˈrɑːri/


[mass noun] Law
A writ or order by which a higher court reviews a case tried in a lower court: an order of certiorari
More example sentences
  • The old judicial review remedies of certiorari, mandamus and prohibition were never applied to charitable trusts as such.
  • Certainly, insofar as the order nisi seeks writs of mandamus and certiorari, it is outside of the time limit.
  • Well, your Honour, the orders that are sought are writs of mandamus and certiorari in this matter.


Late Middle English: from Law Latin, 'to be informed', a phrase originally occurring at the start of the writ, from certiorare 'inform', from certior, comparative of certus 'certain'.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.