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Peremptory Writ of Mandate

Definition - What does Peremptory Writ of Mandate mean?

A peremptory writ of mandate refers to a legally binding command that is issued when a court wants to demand that a person or entity act, or refrain from acting, in a particular manner. A peremptory writ of mandate can be issued to anybody, including a court, for any legally viable reason.

Justipedia explains Peremptory Writ of Mandate

In very general terms, a peremptory writ of mandate is the official, legal way in which to compel a person or entity to act, or refrain from acting, in a certain way. For example, let's assume there is a case that has been unanimously and correctly decided by a jury. In order for that judgment to have legal effect, a judge must sign a final order in favor of the winning party. Let's also assume that the judge will not sign this final order because the judge does not like the lawyer who won the case. In this instance, the winning lawyer can have a peremptory writ of mandate issued to the judge that will require the judge to sign the final order or face a penalty under the law.

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