What is a Writ of Mandamus?

A writ of mandamus is a legal decree dating back to the seventeenth century. Essentially (and not exclusively), it is a ruling by a higher court to a lower court to cease or change its course of action in a case which may or may not be in progress. Usually, lower court proceedings are not review or addressed until after a ruling has been handed down. Through a writ of mandamus, a higher court can intervene in and instruct or command a lower court. The exercising of this legal option is extremely rare.You can find more information here: