Writ of Error

Definition - What does Writ of Error mean?

A writ of error is when an appellate court orders a lower court to send the records of a particular case to the appellate court. Such writs are given so that the appellate court can inspect the trial record to try to determine whether or not any errors have been made in terms of judicial proceeding.

Justipedia explains Writ of Error

An example of an alleged error that an appellate court may want to inspect is an accusation that a court clerk entered a judgment incrriectly on the judgment role. If such an error proves to be true, it could have significant consequences for the accused. The court system is a system like many others that is not immune to errors. This is why there are procedures to follow when suspected errors have been made. Writs of errors help the court system to be more accurate.

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