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Law Latin present passive infinitive of certioro, a contraction of certiorem facere ("to search", literally "to make certain").


certiorari (plural certioraris)

  1. (US, law) A grant of the right of an appeal to be heard by an appellate court where that court has discretion to choose which appeals it will hear.
  2. (Britain, law) A grant of review of a government action by a court with discretion to make such a review.

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