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Quo Warranto - Meaning | Use | Purpose | How Does It Work ? | Example



Quo warranto is a special form of legal action used to resolve a dispute over whether a specific person has the legal right to hold the public office that he or she occupies.


Quo warranto is used to test a person's legal right to hold an office, not to evaluate the person's performance in the office.


The Writ of Quo-Warranto is the writ which is issued directing subordinate authorities to show under what authority they are holding the office. If a person has usurped a public office, the Court may direct him not to carry out any activities in the office or may announce the office to be vacant.


For example, a person of 62 years has been appointed to fill a public office whereas the retirement age is 60 years. Now, the appropriate High Court has a right to issue a Writ of quo-warranto against the person and declare the office vacant.

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