certiorari certiorari


  • (n) a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case


  1. The Supreme Court granted certiorari and reversed by a five-to-four vote.
  2. Once the Supreme Court is able to review the certiorari petitions and responses, I doubt the court will maintain the stay, he said.
  3. All prices thus established are finally reviewable by a special three-judge appeals court and by the Supreme Court on certiorari.


  1. The week in review: June 10-14

    The Court has transitioned to its end-of-Term schedule, releasing opinions on two action-packed days this week. We have seven opinions and one certiorari grant. That means there are just nineteen opinions to go before we put this Term to bed – and several of them raise exceptionally high-profile and contentious issues, including affirmative action, Section [...]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: SCOTUSblog

  2. County Readies for Court Fight over FitzPatrick’s Taxes

    Legislators agreed to hire the law firm of Hacker Murphy to defend the county in this litigation. They also approved a professional services contract for appraisal and related technical services to George E. Sansoucy and Cost Plus Consulting regarding the plant’s appraisal. And the county agreed to enter into an intermunicipal agreement with the town and district in regards to the tax certiorari ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Oswego County Today


  1. Scalia, dissenting from the Supreme Court majority, wrote that the circuit court's opinion was "based on the mistaken premise that our grant of certiorari in Baze v. Rees : calls for the stay of every execution in which an individual raises an...
    on Oct 17, 2007 By: Antonin Scalia Source: Stateline.org

  2. "Due to today's decision by the United States Supreme Court affirming the use of lethal injection, we anticipate that the United States Supreme Court will issue an order on Monday denying the petition for writ of certiorari filed by Earl Wesley...
    on Apr 16, 2008 By: Jim Hood Source: Jackson Clarion Ledger

  3. "Justice Marshall's job was to decide whether to grant certiorari based on whether the court's decision was likely to clarify or improve the law," Volokh wrote recently.
    on Jun 13, 2010 By: Eugene Volokh Source: Washington Post

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repudiate repudiate
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