certiorari(redirected from Writ of cert)
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A writ seeking review of a lower court decision by a higher court.
[Middle English, from Latin certiorārī (volumus), (we wish) to be informed (words in the writ), passive of certiōrāre, to inform, apprise, from certior, comparative of certus, certain; see certain.]
[C15: from legal Latin: to be informed]
cer•ti•o•ra•ri(ˌsɜr ʃi əˈrɛər aɪ, -ˈrɛər i, -ˈrɑr i)
a writ by which a superior court can call up for review the record of a proceeding in an inferior court.
[1515–25; < Latin: to be informed, a word in the Latin text of the writ]
An order sent from a superior court to an inferior one requesting a transcript of the proceedings of one of its cases for review.
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|Noun||1.||certiorari - a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case|