The name of a writ which issues from a court of superior jurisdiction, directed to an inferior court, commanding the performance of a particular act
Lat We command this is the name of a writ which issues from a court of superior jurisdiction, and is directed to a private or municipal corporation, or any of its officers, or to an executive, administrative or judicial officer, or to an inferior court, commanding the performance of a particular act therein specified, and belonging to his or their public, official, or ministerial duty, or directing the restoration of the complainant to rights or privileges of which he has been illegally deprived
1 Latin term meaning "we command " A writ issued by a court ordering a corporation, officer, or inferior court to perform an official act or duty required of it by law For example: A state legislature passes a law which provides that, upon request, a person has the right to see any information the government has on file for that person Kathy files such a request with the state's attorney general and is refused access to her information Unless the refusing party can show some compelling need for secrecy, a court will issue a writ of mandamus to holder of the records, directing that person to release the information
an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail
A common law writ from a court used to coerce a public official to perform duties that he is charged by law with performing
(man-da~'mus) - The name of a writ which issues from a court of superior jurisdiction, directed to an inferior court or to a public officer, commanding the performance of a particular act
[ man-'dA-m&s ] (noun.) 1535. From Latin mandāmus "we command"
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