Latin Legal Terms


Certiorari – this term refers to a kind of order or writ that pursues legal examination. The origin of this word is “certo”, which means to dispute, to settle. In practice, the word participates in the legal term “certiorari facias”, which literally means “a cause to be certified”. It applies in the area of Court Trials, and namely in appeal situations, where the higher court issues an order for reviewing a decision of lower court, for establishing if it is properly issued in accordance with the law or not.

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