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 (sûr′shē-ə-râr′ē, -rä′rē)
n. Law
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.]
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(Law) law an order of a superior court directing that a record of proceedings in a lower court be sent up for review. See also mandamus, prohibition
[C15: from legal Latin: to be informed]
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(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]
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An order sent from a superior court to an inferior one requesting a transcript of the proceedings of one of its cases for review.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.certiorari - a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case
judicial writ, writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
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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This is the fourth time a writ of certiorari has been filed with the Supreme Court on this issue.
In a three-page resolution, the SC's First Division dismissed outright the petition for certiorari and mandamus filed by Felicito Mejorado for his failure to exhaust all legal remedies available before elevating the matter to the High Tribunal.
In a three-page resolution, the high court's First Division dismissed outright the petition for certiorari and mandamus filed by Felicito Mejorado for going straight to the Supreme Court instead of exhausting all possible legal remedies first.
Appellant Department of Natural Resources sought certiorari review of the order.
Rayford brought a certiorari action in circuit court, and the court remanded for a second hearing.
Where a defendant police chief's decision to deny an application for a license to carry a firearm was reversed on certiorari review in Superior Court, the Superior Court decision exceeded the bounds of permissible certiorari review, so it must be vacated.
Thursday's order from the high court means the law will be stayed pending full briefing on the question of whether the Supreme Court should grant certiorari for a full review of the case.
But the judge who presided over the case at Criminal Court 'C' during the trial Judge Yarmie Quiqui Gbessay placed 'temporary marks on some of the documentary evidence objected to by the defense, thus prompting a request for a writ of certiorari before the Supreme Court.
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to defer the presentation of his evidence and hold in abeyance the trial proceedings on the 58 counts of murder charges filed against him pending the resolution of the petition for certiorari he filed before the Court of Appeals.