INFORMATION IN THE NATURE OF A WRIT OF QUO WARRANTO
The name of a proceeding against any one who usurps a franchise or
2. Informations of this kind are filed in the highest courts of
ordinary jurisdiction in the several states, either by the
attorney-general, of his own authority, or by the prosecutor, who
is entitled, pro forma, to use his name, as the case may be. 6
Cowen, R. 102, n.; 10 Mass. 290; 2 Dall. 112; 2 Halst. R. 101; 1
Rep Const. Ct. So. Car. 86; 3 Serg. & Rawle, 52; 15 Serg. & Rawle,
127: Though, in form, these informations are criminal, they are, in
their nature, but civil proceedings. 3 T. R. 484; Kyd on Corp. 439.
They are used to try a civil right, or to oust a wrongful possessor
of an office. 3 Dall. 490; 1 Serg. & Rawle. 385, For a full and
satisfactory statement of the law on this subject, the reader is
referred to Angell on Corp. ch. 20. p. 469. And see Quo Warranto.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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