certiorari


certiorari
/sarsh(iy)areray/sarshareriy/ To be informed of. A writ of common law origin issued by a superior to an inferior court requiring the latter to produce a certified record of a particular case tried therein. The writ is issued in order that the court issuing the writ may inspect the proceedings and determine whether there have been any irregularities. It is most commonly used to refer to the Supreme Court of the United States, which uses the writ of certiorari as a discretionary device to choose the cases it wishes to hear.
See 28 U.S.C.A. No. 1254. The Supreme Court denies most writs of certiorari (i.e. "cert. den."). The trend in state practice has been to abolish such writ.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.