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What Is A Writ of Certiorari Bond?

By Rick Marsland on Dec 30, 2016 2:24:00 PM in

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What is a Writ of Certiorari?

A writ of certiorari is a way to have a higher court review the outcome of a lower court's proceedings. The word 'certioari' means "to be more fully informed". In this sense, a writ of cetiorari orders a lower court to deliver its record in a case so the higher court may review it.

Often times, a writ of cetiorari is a last resort for a defendant to have his or her case reviewed when it does not qualify for an appeal.

When is a Writ of Certiorari Granted?

These writs are usually held in higher scrutiny than appeals. Many times they are only granted if:

  • The case could have national significance
  • The writ might harmonize conflicting decisions in the federal Circuit courts or
  • The case could have precedential value

What is a Writ of Certiorari Bond?


The bond that accompanies the writ of certiorari is called a Writ of Certiorari Bond. Sometimes this bond is known just as a Cetiorari Bond.

A Writ of Certiorari Bond is a type of surety court bond that serves to guarantee the defendant will pay for the costs that come with inacting a writ of certiorari.  

How Much Does a Certiorari Bond Cost?


The amount of your Certiorari Bond will vary by state and the amount of money owed.

The amount you pay for your Certiorari Bond (called the bond premium) is calculated based on a percentage of the total bond amount. Generally, applicants with good credit (over 700) can secure their bond at a rate of 1-4%. Applicants with not-so-great credit will have to pay a higher rate. 100% collateral is required in addition to the cost of the bond.


Do You Need a Certiorari Bond?

Want to know what you would pay for your Certiorari Bond? Surety Solutions offers free quotes for court bonds at no charge and with no obligation to buy. 

The underwriting for Certiorari Bonds makes getting approved for them more difficult than other bonds, but with a reliable and experienced surety bond company, it can be done.


To get a free Certiorari Bond quote, just give us a call at: 866-722-9239


We might any or all of the following to provide you with a Writ of Certiorari Bond quote:

  • Copy of court documentation
  • Bond requirement documentation
  • Business and/or personal financial statements
  • Current bank statements
  • Completed court bond application


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