Definitions for "Writ of Mandamus"
an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail
a discretionary remedy that will be issued only when the petitioner has shown a clear and certain legal right to the relief sought and there is no other adequate remedy available
a drastic remedy and should be granted only in those extraordinary situations when no other remedy is available
An order issued by a court of superior jurisdiction commanding performance of a particular act by an inferior court or public official.
a court order directing a public official to perform his or her public duties
a court order that directs a person (such as a public official) or entity (such as a company or a lower court) to perform a specific act that is related to that person's office