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P, Prohibition, Writ of,

Edited By: Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely Jr., Joel B. Grossman

From: The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Kermit L. Hall

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved. Subscriber: null; date: 08 August 2020

Prohibition, Writ of,

the negative counterpart of *mandamus, is an extraordinary writ issued by a superior court to an inferior court commanding it to abandon a cause pending before it over which it lacks jurisdiction. Use of the writ today is governed by the All Writs Act, Title 28, section 1651 of the U.S. Code, and by rule 21 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.

William M. Wiecek