A command issuing in the name of the sovereign authority from a superior court having jurisdiction, and is directed to some person, corporation, or, inferior court, within the jurisdiction of such superior court, requiring them to do some particular thing therein specified, which appertains to their office and duty, and which the superior court has previously determined, or at least supposes to be consonant to right and justice. Source: 'Lectric Law Library.
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
A writ issued by a superior court directed to an inferior court, a corporation, an officer, etc., commanding the performance of a specified act within the scope of its/his duty, or directing the restoration of the complainant to rights or privileges of which he has been illegally deprived. To compel someone to do something that they have a legal duty to do.
Lawsuit seeking an extraordinary writ from the court to an official compelling performance of a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty, as distinct from other types of acts which may be at the official's discretion.
Lat. We command. this is the name of a writ which issues from a court of superior jurisdiction, and is directed to a private or municipal corporation, or any of its officers, or to an executive, administrative or judicial officer, or to an inferior court, commanding the performance of a particular act therein specified, and belonging to his or their public, official, or ministerial duty, or directing the restoration of the complainant to rights or privileges of which he has been illegally deprived
A writ commanding an individual, organization (e.g. government), administrative tribunal, or court to perform a certain action, usually to correct a prior illegal action or a failure to act in the first place.
Latin for "we command." A writ of mandamus is a court order that requires another court, government official, public body, corporation or individual to perform a certain act. For example, after a hearing, a court might issue a writ of mandamus forcing a public school to admit certain students on the grounds that the school illegally discriminated against them when it denied them admission. A writ of mandamus is the opposite of an order to cease and desist, or stop doing something. Also called a "writ of mandate."
The name of a writ which is issued from a court, directed to a public officer, commanding the performance of a particular legal duty. Mandamus will not lie to control the discretion of an official unless it appears the act official acted arbitrarily or capriciously.
A writ of mandamus or simply mandamus, which means "we command" in Latin, is the name of one of the prerogative writs in the common law, and is issued by a superior court to compel a lower court or a government officer to perform mandatory or purely ministerial duties correctly.Bryan A Garner, Black's Law Dictionary, p. 980, 8th Ed., St.