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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The Court of Appeal today dismissed a writ application filed by Sharmila Gonawela seeking a writ of quo warranto against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.
'It is historically also established that such a power has been exercised and used to substantially undermine the doctrine of dichotomy of powers and for intrusion in the affairs of other organs of the state, particularly the executive, for the judicialisation of politics and used as an alternative to the writ of quo warranto, an exercise for control of those who could question the court of its own performance, such as the media, and for popularity derived by taking suo moto notice of matters involving high media value.'
The Court of Appeal on December 3 issued an Interim Order restraining Rajapaksa and 48 other respondents from functioning in the offices of Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister, non-Cabinet Minister and Deputy Minister until 'the final hearing and determination of the writ of Quo Warranto, filed by 122 Parliamentarians from different parties disputing Rajapaksa and the 48 from holding office.'
According to Colombo Page, as many as 122 Parliamentarians of United National Party (UNP), Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have filed a Writ of Quo Warranto on November 23 in the Court of Appeal challenging Rajapaksa on his authority as he continued to hold the office of Prime Minister after a no-confidence motion had been passed in Parliament against him.
Therefore, the essential pre-requisite for issuance of a writ of quo warranto is not satisfied.
'If there is accumulation of assets, it is for the petitioner to provide convincing evidence in a writ of quo warranto,' argued the counsel, adding that his client was spending the salary he received from the foreign firm and even when he got bonuses, he spent it entirely for the marriage of his son and treatment of one of his family members who was suffering from cancer.