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Writ is an archiac legal term used to refer to a subclass of court orders normally directed at government officials.

The writ system is buried in the ancient Common Law and has been replaced by statute with more plain English court powers that do not hinge so greatly on the exact terminology used in naming the writ. Writs practice is important in modern jurisprudence largely because it provides a direct way to sidestep the more traditional process. In State Courts writ practice is used mostly to allow review of lower court decisions other than final court orders (e.g. matters related to depositions and subpeonas) which would otehrwise not be subject to review by higher courts.

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This page was last modified 17:17, 3 July 2006 by Chad Lupkes. Based on work by Andrew Oh-Willeke. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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