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Legal terms explained: your guide to decoding legal language

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Legal terms seem to be a language of its own, right? Not any more, continue to scroll down to understand the simple meaning of these legal terms.

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When can a police officer arrest you without warrant?
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Cognisable offence explained

Continue reading further to understand the simple meanings of such legal terms.

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Such terminology may sound complicated, but it is essential to understand the true meaning of these words. Not understanding these words may spell out disaster for you. Continue reading the meaning of these common terms – it will save you from a disaster one day.

Types of writs and when they can be used:

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A writ is a powerful tool, use it correctly
Mandamus is an order from the Supreme Court or High Court to a lower court or tribunal or public authority to perform a public or statutory duty. This writ of command is issued by the Supreme Court or High court when any government, court, corporation or any public authority has to do a public duty but fails to do so.
The writ is issued to produce a person who has been detained , whether in prison or in private custody, before a court and to release him if such detention is found illegal.
This writ is issued by any of the High Courts or the Supreme Court to any inferior court, or quasi judicial body prohibiting the latter from continuing the proceedings in a particular case, where it has no jurisdiction to try. After the issue of this writ, proceedings in the lower court etc. come to a stop.
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The writ requires the concerned person in question to explain to the Court by what authority he is holding the office. If a person has usurped a public office, the Court may direct him not to carry out any activities in the office or may announce the office to be vacant.
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This writ is often used by higher courts in cases where fundamental rights have been denied. They use this to enforce fundamental rights.

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