writ of prohibition
n.
An order issued by a higher court to a lower one preventing it from exceeding its jurisdiction.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


writ of prohibition
An appellate court's written order to prohibit a lower court from acting because it does not have jurisdiction to do so.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


writ of prohibition
An order from a superior court to a lower court or tribunal directing the judge and the parties to cease the litigation because the lower court does not have proper jurisdiction to hear or determine the matters before it.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

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  • Writ of prohibition — Prohibition Pro hi*bi tion, n. [L. prohibitio: cf. F. prohibition.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction forbidding some action; interdict. [1913 Webster] The law of God, in the ten commandments, consists mostly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • writ of prohibition — n. an order from a higher court to a lower one to cease hearing or prosecuting some matter outside its jurisdiction …   English World dictionary

  • writ of prohibition — noun a judicial writ from a higher court ordering a lower court not to exercise jurisdiction in a particular case • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑writ, ↑judicial writ * * * : a writ issued by a superior tribunal and directed to an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • writ of prohibition — writ′ of prohibi′tion n. law a command by a higher court that a lower court shall not exercise jurisdiction in a particular case • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • writ of prohibition — A writ which commands the person or tribunal to whom it is directed not to do something which, by the suggestion of the relator, the court is informed he is about to do. Better defined as a writ to prevent a tribunal possessing judicial or quasi… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • writ of prohibition — Date: 1802 a writ issued by a superior court to prevent an inferior court from acting beyond its jurisdiction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • writ of prohibition — See prohibition …   Black's law dictionary

  • writ of prohibition — Law. a command by a higher court that a lower court shall not exercise jurisdiction in a particular case. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • writ of prohibition — noun Law a command by a higher court that a lower court shall not exercise jurisdiction in a particular case, now replaced by a prerogative order …   Australian English dictionary

  • writ of prohibition of waste — A common law writ, which anciently lay for the owner of the inheritance against the commission of waste by a tenant in dower, or by the curtesy, or a guardian in chivalry, which issued out of chancery, was directed to the sheriff and commanded… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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