Writ of Prohibition Law and Legal Definition

A writ of prohibition is an order directed to the judge and parties of a suit in a lower court, ordering the court not to exercise jurisdiction in a particular case. It arrests the proceedings of any tribunal, corporation, board, or person, when such proceedings are without or in excess of the jurisdiction of such tribunal, corporation, board, or person. The writ may be issued when an inferior court is acting outside the normal rules and procedures in the examination of a case or headed towards defeating a legal right.

The writ of prohibition is the counterpart of the writ of mandamus.

Relevant legal forms include:

Writ of Prohibition overturning lower court judgment and awarding relief - template
Order for Writ of Prohibition