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Difference Between Writ And Petition Difference Between Writ And Petition

Bronze medal Reporter Reshmamol Posted 31 Jan 2020
Difference Between Writ And Petition


A formal written order delivered by a Court. It can be any warrant, orders, directions, and so on issued by the Supreme Court or the High court. The Indian constitution allows the Supreme court to provide writs. It will protect the fundamental rights. It will be granted by the Indian constitution under Article 32.

Mandamus, Prohibition, Habeas corpus,  Quo warranto, and Certiorari are the different types of writs.

1.Habeas corpus

 “Habeas corpus” is a Latin word which literally means that “you may have the body”.The writ is issued to produce the person who has been in personal custody or in prison before the court and release the person if the custody is found illegal.


It is an order from the High Court or Supreme Court to a lower court or tribunal or public authority to perform a public or statutory duty.

Simply, it is a writ issued to a public official to do a thing which is a part of his official duty, but, which he had failed to do so.  


Writ of prohibition is nugatory in nature.It will assist the subordinate to stop doing action the law prevent


The writ of certiorari means “to be informed of what is going on”.It can demand from the Lower Court to give the record of a particular case to the High Court only after the decision is made by the Lower Court.

5.Quo Warranto

Mainly the writ is issued to seek the legality of the claim of a person or public office. with a view to preventing a person from holding a public office to which he is not entitled.                


It provides a basic outline of the case. Its main purpose is sending the defendant with the notice of the formal request which is signed by many people appealing to an authority with respect to a particular other words, it is a formal application made to a court in as a request action on a particular case.  


 The major difference between these two is that writ is a  constitutional remedy for all people under act 226. It is raised by a legal authority. But the petition is a form of writ raised by the people in the form of a request to a legal authority demanding an action to be taken about a particular cause. Writ and petitions are mainly used by the lawyers in India.     

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