MANDAMUS ACTIONS: AVOIDING DISMISSAL AND PROVING THE CASE. By The American Immigration Council. 2. This advisory provides basic information about filing an immigration-related mandamus action in federal district court. It discusses the required elements of a successful mandamus action as well as the jurisdictional concerns that sometimes arise.
In common law, a writ (Anglo-Saxon gewrit, Latin breve) is a formal written order issued by a body with administrative or judicial jurisdiction; in modern usage, this body is generally a court. Warrants, prerogative writs, and subpoenas are common types of writ, but many forms exist and have existed.