Mandate Law and Legal Definition

Mandate could mean the following:

  • An order from an appellate court directing a lower court to take a specified action
  • A judicial command directed to an officer of the court to enforce a court order, judgment sentence or decree.
  • In politics this refers to the electorate’s overwhelming show of approval for a given political platform
  • In Civil law this refers to the written command given by a principal to an agent. It is a commission or contract by which one person (the mandator) requests someone (the mandatory) to perform some service gratuitously. The commission becomes effective when the mandatary agrees. In other words the parties should voluntarily intend to enter into the contract.
  • Under International law this refers to an authority given by the League of Nations to certain governments to take over the administration and development of designated territories.