mandamus mandamus  /mæn ˈdeɪ məs/


  • (n) an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail


  1. I asked for a writ of mandamus not to enforce the injunction.
  2. They applied for a writ of mandamus to have the whole thing dropped.
  3. A circuit judge granted him a writ of mandamus to force the University to reinstate him.


  • EPIC asks Supreme Court to stop NSA surveillance

    A secret surveillance court has exceeded its legal authority by allowing the National Security Agency to collect customer telephone records from Verizon Communications , a privacy group said in a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), in the writ of mandamus petition filed Monday, asks the Supreme Court to throw out the Foreign Intelligence ...
    on July 9, 2013     Source: PC World


  1. Without indicating any particular judgment or order, Dr. Singh said "as an example, compelling action by authorities of the State through the power of mandamus is an inherent power vested in the judiciary. However, substituting mandamus with a...
    on Apr 8, 2007 By: Manmohan Singh Source: Hindu

  2. "I respectfully disagree with the Court's expansion of its mandamus jurisdiction beyond established legal tenets," wrote Justice Dale Wainwright.
    on May 29, 2008 By: Dale Wainwright Source: Southeast Texas Record

  3. "The Supreme Court's directive is a continuing mandamus. This means that our work will not stop until the restoration of Manila Bay's healthy condition is achieved," Atienza said during a dialogue on Thursday attended by officials of the DENR,...
    on Aug 2, 2009 By: Lito Atienza Source: Business Mirror

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