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- Prerogative Writs
- The remedies of certiorari, habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition and quo warranto. They are also known as extraordinary remedies.
- A remedy used by a superior court to quash an order or decision of a lower court or administrative body made without jurisdiction.
- Habeas corpus
- A remedy available to any person detained or imprisoned, not to hear and determine the case upon the evidence, but to immediately and in a summary way test the validity of the person's detention or imprisonment.
- A remedy to compel the performance of a public duty.
- A remedy used by a superior court to prohibit a lower court or tribunal from exercising or continuing to exercise an authority it does not have.
- Quo Warranto
- A remedy used to challenge a person's entitlement to a public office that he or she purports to occupy and exercise.