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Types of Writ [All 5 Types and Detail]

Today we will be going to discuss 5 types of writ. In this article, we will also discuss the difference between writ and writ petition. Each type has separate legal meanings and separate legal effects but commonly these terms are misunderstood.

What is writ

All warrant, orders, directions, etc which are issued by the competent Court are called writs. A writ is a conventional written order issued by a competent Court.

What is writ petition

Petition means an application which is given to the court for ordering the writ. collectively it is called writ petition. The writ petition meaning is to write an application by a person or persons to some governing body or public official asking that some authority is exercised to grant relief, favors, or privileges. Meaning of writ petition also includes that it is a conventional application made to a competent court in writing that requests action on a certain matter.

Essentials of the meaning of writ petition.
1. Written application
2. By person or persons
3. To governing body or public official
4. Seeking relief
5. Conventional in nature

Types of writ

Following are the different types of writ

types of writ | writ petition types
Types of Writ

There are 5 types of writ.

  • Writ of Habeas Corpus
  • Writ of Mandamus
  • Writ of Prohibition
  • Writ of Certiorari
  • Writ of Quo Warranto


Fundamental rights which are granted by governments to the citizens under their constitution for their liberty. But when any person is illegally confined then anyone can file the writ of the heabeas corpus in the competent court.


Writ of mandamus is issued on the lower court or on a public officer to follow the proper rules.


Writ of prohibition is issued on the lower court by the higher court to not to deal with any specific case. This can be for any reason, for example, the jurisdiction of the court. After giving the writ of prohibition the issuing court can take over on that specific case.


Writ of certiorari is used by the higher court when he thinks the decision of the lower court is not right and not according to the facts. Writ of certiorari can also be used when the punishment given by an employer is not correct.


Writ of quo warranto is issued to check the authority under which a person is holding an office.

So these were the types of writ and the difference between writ and writ petition meaning. I hope you understand it well.

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