Writ Name Meaning Purpose of the Writ
Habeas Corpus You may have the body To release a person who has been detained unlawfully whether in prison or in custody
Mandamus We Command To secure the performance of public duties by lower court, tribunal or public authority
Certiorari To be certified To quash the order already passed by an inferior court, tribunal or quasi judicial authority
Prohibition The act of stopping something To prohibit an inferior court from continuing the proceedings in a particular case where it has no jurisdiction to try
Quo Warranto What is your Authority To restrain a person from holding a public office to which he is not entitled

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