from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A writ from a higher court to a lower one requesting a transcript of the proceedings of a case for review.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A grant of review of a government action by a court with discretion to make such a review.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a writ issuing from a superior court to call up the record of a proceeding in an inferior court or before any body or officer exercising judicial power, that it may be tried or reviewed in the superior court.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case
Middle English, from Latin certiorārī (volumus), (we wish) to be informed (words in the writ), passive of certiōrāre, to inform, apprise, from certior, comparative of certus, certain; see certain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Law Latin present passive infinitive of certioro, a contraction of certiorem facere ("to search", literally "to make certain"). (Wiktionary)