For other uses, see Mandamus (disambiguation).
Prerogative writs
  • Certiorari / Review
  • Habeas corpus
  • Mandamus / Mandate (peremptory)
  • Procedendo
  • Prohibito / Prohibition
  • Quo warranto
  • Amparo and Habeas Data

Mandamus is a judicial remedy which is in the form of an order from a superior court to any government subordinate court, corporation or public authority to do or forbear from doing some specific act which that body is obliged under law to do or refrain from doing, as the case may be, and which is in the nature of public duty and in certain cases of a statutory duty. It cannot be issued to compel an authority to do something against statutory provision. For example, it cannot be used to force a lower court to reject or authorize applications that have been made, but if the court refuses to rule one way or the other then a mandamus can be used to order the court to rule on the applications.

Mandamus may be a command to do an administrative action or not to take a particular action, and it is supplemented by legal rights. In the American legal system it must be a judicially enforceable and legally protected right before one suffering a grievance can ask for a mandamus. A person can be said to be aggrieved only when he is denied a legal right by someone who has a legal duty to do something and abstains from doing it.

Read more about Mandamus:  Legal Requirements, Purpose, Types

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