Its original jurisdiction consists in issuing writs of mandamus, certiorari, prohibition, and habeas corpus.
However, he and I did talk how to get him a mandamus for a fellowship, which I will endeavour.
They will move, therefore, in the Queen's Bench, for a mandamus—'
But was this remedy the writ of mandamus for which Marbury had applied?
He was honored with a commission of mandamus councillor, which he declined.
If they do afford him a remedy, is it a mandamus from this court?
The secretary being called, a mandamus was forthwith granted.
The thirty-six councillors, appointed under writ of mandamus, excited the most indignation.
Unless and until his position is challenged, as by a mandamus, he will have the same powers and rights as any other Churchwarden.
The delegates, however, knew that if they came to Boston they must take their oaths of office before the mandamus Council.
1530s, "writ from a superior court to an inferior one, specifying that something be done," (late 14c. in Anglo-French), from Latin, literally "we order," first person plural present indicative of mandare "to order" (see mandate (n.)).