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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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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.
The court denied Quest's request for a writ of certiorari as to those portions of the trial court's orders that required production of information from the medical records of Patient X, while protecting Patient X's identity, which could lead to discovery of evidence admissible at trial and be relevant to the mix-up of the tissue samples.
The unique dataset contains the certiorari votes of all Justices for every case between October Term 1986 and October Term 1993 in which one or more Justices voted to grant certiorari or join three other Justices in doing so.
Obtaining certiorari always has been difficult, and now it is even harder.
Yet at the same time, the Court continued to pretend that he was participating and voting fully in the certiorari process, whereby every petition that comes in is subject to winning the votes of at least four justices to be heard.
The appeals court affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari.
Hawkins' "[p]etition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of Florida [was] denied for want of a final judgment.
The Supreme Court accepts cases only if four or more Justices agree to grant a writ of certiorari.
Supreme Court announced that it had denied plaintiffs' petition for certiorari in Glover v.