certiorari

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n certiorari a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Certiorari (Law) 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.☞ A certiorari is the correct process to remove the proceedings of a court in which cases are tried in a manner different from the course of the common law, as of county commissioners. It is also used as an auxiliary process in order to obtain a full return to some other process.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n certiorari In law, a writ issuing from a superior court to call up the record of a proceeding in an inferior court or before any body or officer exercising judicial power, that it may be tried or reviewed in the superior court. This writ is usually obtained upon complaint of a party that he has not received justice, or that he cannot have an impartial trial in the inferior court or body. It is now to a great extent superseded by the appeal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Certiorari sėr-shi-o-rā′ri the writ by which, since the abolition of imprisonment for debt and the consequent disuse of the better-known writ, habeas corpus, causes are removed from inferior courts of record into the High Court of Justice.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So named from the emphatic word certiorari, in the Latin form of the writ, which read certiorar volumus, we wish to be certified
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L., 'be informed of'—certior, comp. of certus, certain.

Usage

In literature:

He therefore prays for a writ of Certiorari.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Two" by Abraham Lincoln
He therefore prays for a writ of Certiorari.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete" by Abraham Lincoln
This writ of certiorari ceased in the 1700s.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
But we need not go further into the rather technical question of the scope of certiorari in this kind of case.
"Judgments of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand on Proceedings to Review Aspects of the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Mount Erebus Aircraft Disaster" by Sir Owen Woodhouse, R. B. Cooke, Ivor L. M. Richardson, Duncan Wallace McMullin, and Sir Edward Somers
If review was sought in the Supreme Court by certiorari, effectiveness was to be postponed until final disposition.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
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In news:

On January 8, 2011, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari in Milward v. Acuity Specialty Prods.
Supreme Court Case No 10SC409 Certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals Court of Appeals Case No 09CA0599.
As expected, the proponents of Proposition 8 have filed a petition for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review and reverse Judge Stephen Reinhardt's badly flawed Ninth Circuit ruling striking down Prop 8.
US Supreme Court Denies Petition For Certiorari In Pella v Saltzman.
This week the US Supreme Court rejected the certiorari petition in Pella v Saltzman, in which DRI participated by filing an amicus brief, authored by DRI member Evan M Tager of Mayer Brown in Washington, DC.
Soon after you prevail in your appeal - just when you thought your case was finally over - your opponent files a petition for a writ of certiorari (or "cert petition") in the United States Supreme Court.
Certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals Court of Appeals Case No 09CA132.
SCOTUS denies Kerchner petition for writ of certiorari.
Supreme Court Case No 11SC552 Certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals Court of Appeals Case No 11CA836.
Supreme Court Case No 10SC852 Certiorari to the District Court Boulder County District Court Case No 09CV623 Honorable Lael Montgomery, Judge.
Supreme Court Case No 11SC265 Certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals Court of Appeals Case No 09CA788.
Supreme Court Case No 10SC187 Certiorari to the Court of Appeals Court of Appeals Case No 08CA2009.
0The Federal Trade Commission filed a petition for certiorari against the Phoebe Putney Health System acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Solicitor General Theodore B Olson filed a petition Feb 19 for a writ of certiorari, asking the US Supreme Court to review and overturn a lower court's ruling declaring the pork checkoff unconstitutional.
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