extraordinary writs – issued by a court exercising unusual or discretionary power; used for providing extraordinary remedies:

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extraordinary writ:

1. A writ issued by a court exercising unusual or discretionary power.  Examples are writ of certiorari, writ of habeas corpus, writ of mandamus. and prohibition writ. — aka prerogative writ. [1]

1. Writs that provide extraordinary remedies.  (EXAMPLES: a writ of certiorari; a writ of mandamus; a writ of quo warranto.)  Extraordinary writ is the modern term for prerogative writ. [3]

prerogative writs – Writs issued in cases of public right and those affecting the sovereignty of the state, its franchises and prerogatives, or the liberties of its people. State ex rel. Goodwin v Nelson County, 1 ND 88, 45 NW 33; Atty. Gen. v Railroad Co. 35 Wis 513.  Writs under which extraordinary remedies are made available. [2]

writ of habeas corpus – command that a prisoner (or detainee or probatee) be brought before the court to challenge the legality of their custody and demand their release. — aka great writ.

writ of certiorari – issued by an appellate court, directing a lower court to deliver the record in the case for review.

writ of mandamus – issued to compel performance of a particular act by a lower court or a governmental officer or body, usually to correct a prior action or failure to act.

writ of prohibition – issued by an appellate court to prevent a lower court from exceeding jurisdiction or to prevent a nonjudicial officer or entity from exercising a power.

writ of consultation – issued by an appellate court ordering a lower court to proceed in a matter the lower court previously refused to hear.