What Does Certiorari Mean?


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A certiorari is the name of a writ that is sent from a higher court to a lower court requesting the transcript of the proceedings of a case so that it can be reviewed. It is of Latin origin. It means 'to be informed of 'or 'to be clear in regard to'. Certioro was a word which is frequently found in the works of the writer Ulpian and its usage was restricted to jurisprudential Latin.

In addition it is also the name that is given to some appellate proceedings for the reexamination of the judgments of an inferior appeals court or a trial court.

It is usually used in American, English or Roman law. In Roman Literature the term certiorari was applied but only in philosophical terms and not in a tangible manner.

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