noun[mass noun] Law
- A writ or order by which a higher court reviews a case tried in a lower court: an order of certiorariMore 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'.
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