- Certiorari Cer`ti*o*ra"ri, n. [So named from the emphatic word
certiorari in the Latin form of the writ, which read
certiorar volumus we wish to be certified.] (Law)
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.
Note: A certiorari is the correct process to remove the proceedings of a court in which cases are tried in a manner different from the course of the common law, as of county commissioners. It is also used as an auxiliary process in order to obtain a full return to some other process. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.