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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At the behest of the Florida Legislature, the Florida Supreme Court issued a writ of quo warranto in Florida House of Representatives v.
In the three circuit court cases, two of the prospective candidates sought writs of mandamus, and one sought a writ of quo warranto.
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).
Crist, the FACDL filed for a writ of quo warranto with the Supreme Court, claiming the five conflict counsels were in fact public defenders.
FACDL had originally filed for a writ of quo warranto seeking to stop the CCCRCs from doing their jobs and from Crist and the Florida Senate from confirming their appointments.