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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.]


(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]


(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.
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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The petition is one for certiorari and prohibition challenging certain provisions of the Family Code on marriage where they impact on 'same-sex' marriages," Te added.
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Herman, senior partner in the Melville law firm Herman Katz Cangemi & Clyne LLP, has been appointed co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association's Condemnation and Tax Certiorari Committee for 2015-2016.
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To express it more precisely, a case becomes final, for federal-law purposes, when the date for petitioning for certiorari expires or, if a petition is filed, when the Supreme Court denies it.