writ of mandamus


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n writ of mandamus an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail
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In literature:

The thirty-six councillors, appointed under writ of mandamus, excited the most indignation.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
The railroad having refused to put the rate into effect, the commission applied to the supreme court of the state for a writ of mandamus.
"Contemporary American History, 1877-1913" by Charles A. Beard
Whether the Supreme Court can award the writ of mandamus in any case.
"Inquiry Into the Origin and Course of Political Parties in the United States" by Martin Van Buren
It was at the time the universally accepted view of the power of the Supreme Court to issue writs of mandamus.
"The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4" by Albert J. Beveridge

In news:

Social Security – Writ Of Mandamus – No Jurisdiction.