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Pronunciation:  `sursheeu'rehrI

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case

CERTIORARI is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: writ of certiorari
 See Also: judicial writ, writ



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cer`ti*o*ra"ri\, n. [So named from the emphatic word
certiorari in the Latin form of the writ, which read
certiorar volumus we wish to be certified.] (Law)
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.

Note: A certiorari is the correct process to remove the
      proceedings of a court in which cases are tried in a
      manner different from the course of the common law, as
      of county commissioners. It is also used as an
      auxiliary process in order to obtain a full return to
      some other process. --Bouvier.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A writ of review issued by a higher court to a lower court. A means of getting an appellate court to review a lower court's decision. If an appellate court grants a writ of certiorari, it agrees to take the appeal. (Sometimes referred to as "granting cert.")