What is the meaning of quo warranto in law?

The words quo warranto means “what is your authority”. It is the writ issued to restrain a person from acting in a public office to which he /she is not entitled. It is issued against the holder of a public office to show to the court under what authority he holds the office. If the court finds that a person is holding office but is not entitled to hold that office, it issues the writ of quo warranto and restricts that person from acting as an office holder

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