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Definitions for certiorari
ˌsɜr ʃi əˈrɛər aɪ, -ˈrɛər i, -ˈrɑr icer·tio·rari

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. certiorari, writ of certiorari(noun)

    a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case


  1. certiorari(Noun)

    A grant of the right of an appeal to be heard by an appellate court where that court has discretion to choose which appeals it will hear.

  2. certiorari(Noun)

    A grant of review of a government action by a court with discretion to make such a review.

  3. Origin: Law present passive infinitive of certioro, a contraction of certiorem facere ("to search", literally "to make certain").


  1. Certiorari

    Certiorari is a court process to seek judicial review of a decision of a lower court or administrative agency. The term comes from the name of an English prerogative writ, issued by a superior court to direct that the record of the lower court be sent to the superior court for review. Certiorari was inherited as part of English common law by the countries in the Commonwealth of Nations and by the United States. It has subsequently evolved in the legal system of each nation, as court decisions and statutory amendments are made. In modern law, certiorari is recognized in many jurisdictions, including England and Wales (now called "quashing order"), Canada, India, Ireland, the Philippines and the United States. With the expansion of administrative law in the 19th and 20th centuries, the writ of certiorari has gained broader use in many countries, to review the decisions of administrative bodies as well as lower courts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Certiorari(noun)

    a writ issuing out of chancery, or a superior court, to call up the records of a inferior court, or remove a cause there depending, in order that the party may have more sure and speedy justice, or that errors and irregularities may be corrected. It is obtained upon complaint of a party that he has not received justice, or can not have an impartial trial in the inferior court

  2. Origin: [So named from the emphatic word certiorari in the Latin form of the writ, which read certiorar volumus we wish to be certified.]


  1. Certiorari

    Certiorari is a type of writ seeking judicial review, recognized in U.S., Roman, English, Canadian, Philippine, and other law, meaning an order by a higher court directing a lower court, tribunal, or public authority to send the record in a given case for review. Certiorari is the present passive infinitive of the Latin verb certiorare.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Certiorari

    sėr-shi-o-rā′ri, n. the writ by which, since the abolition of imprisonment for debt and the consequent disuse of the better-known writ, habeas corpus, causes are removed from inferior courts of record into the High Court of Justice. [Low L., 'be informed of'—certior, comp. of certus, certain.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of certiorari in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of certiorari in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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