A legal order from a higher court to a lower court agreeing to review the lower court ruling as to issues of law. Certiorari is most commonly used by the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court selects only a small number of certiorari requests because it often results in a change of law. The Supreme Court makes a legal statement by denying a writ letting a lower court’s decision stand. This is also known as the doctrine of stare decisis.

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