quo warrantoquo· war·ranto
- Historical a writ ordering a person to show by what right he exercises an office, franchise, or privilege
- a legal proceeding undertaken to recover an office, franchise, or privilege from the person in possession, initiated as upon an information
Origin of quo warrantoML, by what warrant ; from Classical Latin quo, ablative of qui, who, which + Medieval Latin warrantus, warrant
(plural quo warrantos)
- (law) A writ brought before a proper tribunal, to inquire by what warrant a person or a corporation acts, or exercises certain powers.
quo warranto - Legal Definition
- A common law writ inquiring into the authority by which a public official claims his/her office.
- A state action with the intent of revoking the charter of a corporation that has abused or for a long period failed to exercise its franchise.