Definition of certiorari in English:

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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'.

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