Alternative Writ

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Definition: Alternative Writ


Quick Summary of Alternative Writ


An order, issued originally by the king in England but more recently by a court, commanding a person to do a specific thing or to appear and explain why he or she should not be compelled to do it.




Full Definition of Alternative Writ


Under the common law, the writs of prohibition and mandamus were alternative writs. In modern systems of court procedure, an order to show cause serves the same purpose. It commands a person to do something or come into court and show cause why he or she should not be made to do it.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Alternative Writ are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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