Latin for "by what warrant (or authority)?" A writ quo warranto is used to challenge a person's right to hold a public or corporate office. A state may also use a quo warranto action to revoke a corporation's charter.
See, e.g. First Nat. Bank in St. Louis v. Missouri, 263 U.S. 640 (1924).
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
(kwoh wahr-rahn-toe) Latin for "by what warrant." The name for a writ (order) used to challenge another's right to either public or corporate office or to challenge actions that are not authorized by a corporation charter (articles of incorporation).
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:23 pm