Writ of Error

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Writ of Error

An order by a court to another court to review a previously made decision. A writ of error is issued if a mistake in law or in fact may have been made.
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82) There is no explicit provision in the Act one way or the other for writs of error with respect to federal circuit court criminal cases.
In illustration of the idea that the writ of error given by the judiciary act, when brought by the original defendant, has never been considered as the commencement or prosecution of a suit, the uniform, and I will add, the necessary, practice of the Supreme Court, in sustaining such writs of error where a suit would not be sustained, is referred to.
By instructing that the writ of error should have the same effect in cases from the state courts and circuit courts, section 25 incorporated section 24's directive that "the Supreme Court shall not issue execution in causes that are removed from them by writs of error, but shall send a special mandate to the circuit court to award execution thereupon.