quo warranto

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quo warranto

(ˈkwəʊ wɒˈræntəʊ)
n
(Law) law a proceeding initiated to determine or (formerly) a writ demanding by what authority a person claims an office, franchise, or privilege
[from Medieval Latin: by what warrant]
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Noun1.quo warranto - a hearing to determine by what authority someone has an office or franchise or liberty
hearing - (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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He said: "The writ of quo warranto is being sought to question the validity of her appointment; in turn, the impeachment complaint accuses her of committing culpable violation of Constitution and betrayal of public trust while in office.
No trial can be conducted on writ of quo warranto,' Malik told the judge.
When Dawn contacted Mr Nawaz, he replied that Article 199 of the Constitution allowed him to file a writ of quo warranto, requiring a person to show by what warrant an office or franchise is held, claimed or exercised.
filed an emergency petition for writ of quo warranto with the Supreme Court, asking that she be recognized as the constitutional officer to prosecute all criminal cases in the Ninth Circuit or stay the cases in which Ayala has been replaced pending the court's decision.
He said it was virtually removal of his client, therefore, the writ of quo warranto could not apply.