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.
He stressed: "The writ of quo warranto is being sought to question the validity of her appointment; in turn, the impeachment complaint accuses her of committing culpable violation of Constitution and betrayal of public trust while in office."
When Dawn contacted Mr Nawaz, he replied that Article 199 of the Constitution allowed him to file a writ of quo warranto, requiring a person to show by what warrant an office or franchise is held, claimed or exercised.
The petitioner said the sitting chairman is ineligible for the post as such he 'shall be seized to hold present positions, hence the kind indulgence of this Honourable Court is requested for the issuance of writ of quo warranto'.
There will be one more judicial race in Florida, after the Supreme Court granted a writ of quo warranto filed by two attorneys who sought to replace a Palm Beach County judge who, under the state's resign-to-run law, gave up her seat to run for the circuit bench.
He said the application pertained to writ of quo warranto and such subject matter could not be taken up in the present proceedings having no nexus whatsoever with the issue.
A petition for writ of quo warranto is most often filed to challenge an individual's claim to a public office held by another.