Definition - What does Mandate mean?

A mandate is a non-optional order that is given by a court. Mandates are often given by superior courts to lower courts.

Mandates are legally enforceable, and people or organizations who are given mandates by the courts are required to comply to them. If they don't then, legal consequences could follow.

Justipedia explains Mandate

There are many different types of mandates that a court may issue. For example, a court may mandate that a certain prisoner be released after new evidence has been discovered. A court may also issue a mandate that a particular case be retried, or that a ruling be overturned, following an appeal.

Essentially, mandates are a way for courts to give formal instructions or orders to the people or courts that need to have this information.

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