Latin. You may remove or set aside. A writ commanding the suspension of activities in a lower court until an appeal can be heard. The name of a writ containing a command to stay the proceedings at law. A process designed to supersede the enforcement of the judgment of the court below brought up for review. It is granted on good cause shown that the party ought not to proceed. There are some writs which though they do not bear this name have the effect to supersede the proceedings, namely, a writ of error, when bail is entered, operates as a supersedeas, and a writ of certiorari to remove the proceedings of an inferior into a superior court has, in general, the same effect. But, under special circumstances, the certiorari has not the effect to stay the proceedings, particularly where summary proceedings, as to obtain possession under the landlord and tenant law, are given by statute.
- n. (Law) A writ of command to suspend the powers of an officer in certain cases, or to stay proceedings under another writ.