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Moore's Federal Practice - Civil
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Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Writs of Mandamus and Prohibition, and Other Extraordinary Writs


George C. Pratt

Chapter Summary


In federal litigation, writs of mandamus, which command performance, or prohibition, which restrain performance, directed to a court are the most frequently used extraordinary writs, but there are also other extraordinary writs. Extraordinary writs have specific content requirements and procedures for filing, serving, and docketing a petition, as well as procedures for responding to a petition.

This chapter of Moore's Federal Practice covers Rule 21 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, which governs petitions to the circuit court for extraordinary writs. It first discusses the procedure for filing content of the petition. It also covers circuit court review answering the petition and determining whether the writ should issue. Finally, the chapter discusses application for extraordinary writs other than for mandamus or prohibition to the court, such as mandamus or prohibition to an administrative agency or federal official.

Moore's Federal Practice (Matthew Bender) is the leading source of analysis of federal court practice and procedure and has been repeatedly relied upon by federal courts around the country. It has comprehensive and authoritative analysis on federal civil, criminal, appellate, and admiralty procedure, along with the full text of the federal rules and extensive commentary and analysis of the rules and cases interpreting the rules.


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For a discussion on extraordinary writs, see Ch. 204, Extraordinary Writs.


For more information on extraordinary writs, see Federal Litigation Guide, Ch. 48, Appeals to Court of Appeals (Matthew Bender).

For a detailed discussion on extraordinary writs, see Moore's Manual--Federal Practice and Procedure, Ch. 24, New Trials and Harmless Error, Ch. 27, General Principles of Appeal, and Ch. 28, Appeal to Court of Appeals (Matthew Bender).

For detailed analysis and case law on federal evidence, see Weinstein's Federal Evidence (Matthew Bender).

For discussion and strategic tips on federal civil cases, see Moore's AnswerGuide: Federal Civil Motion Practice (Matthew Bender) and Moore's AnswerGuide: Federal Pretrial Civil Litigation (Matthew Bender).
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