- a writ issuing from a superior court calling up the record of a proceeding in an inferior court for review.
Origin of certiorari
Examples from the Web for certiorari
But we need not go further into the rather technical question of the scope of certiorari in this kind of case.Judgments of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand on Proceedings to Review Aspects of the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Mount Erebus Aircraft Disaster
Sir Owen Woodhouse, R. B. Cooke, Ivor L. M. Richardson, Duncan Wallace McMullin, and Sir Edward Somers
Its original jurisdiction consists in issuing writs of mandamus, certiorari, prohibition, and habeas corpus.
No informations are to be quashed for informality, or to be removed by certiorari into the Court of Queen's Bench.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume I (of 2)
Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
The obvious resource, therefore, was to obtain a writ of certiorari removing our indictment to the superior court.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh
George W. Foote
Certiorari—To order the record from an inferior to a superior court.
Word Origin and History for certiorari
legal Latin, "to be certified, to be informed or shown," from a word figuring in the opening phrase of such writs from superior to inferior courts seeking the records of a case. Passive present infinitive of certorare "to certify, inform," from certior, comp. of certus "sure" (see certain).