Quo Warranto

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Quo Warranto

A concept requiring a person to show proof of his/her legal authority to undertake an action. It is largely obsolete and has been abolished in some jurisdictions. When it is used, it is generally part of a claim that a government official either was not validly elected or a government or corporation lacked capacity to commit an act.
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5th DCA 2008), "to explain why a writ of quo warranto is not a proper method to obtain postconviction relief.
1994) (recognizing the petition for a writ of quo warranto as the appropriate method for challenging a person's claim to a right to hold public office).
On October 30, Davey issued the writ of quo warranto, finding the petitioner has made a prima facie showing for relief, and he directed the respondents--Gov.
The language specifically provides: "The power to issue a writ of quo warranto does not establish power to review any right, power or duty of a public official other than the right to hold the particular office claimed by such official, and the writ of quo warranto shall not be used for any purpose except to test a person's authority to continue holding an office when challenged by competing claimant to such office.