noun. a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case.
- writ of certiorari
- judicial writ
Example sentences of the word certiorari
1. Noun, singular or mass
Each state has its own system of trial and appellate courts, usually with two levels of appeal in the state before a case that qualifies can apply for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.