Here you may find the information about constitutional law, law of writs and jurisdiction of courts in Pakistan. Our team of constitutional lawyers best assist their clients in constitutional litigation in Pakistan. Constitution is not an ordinary statute made in ordinary legal procedure. It is the creation of a Constitutional Act and therefore the sanctity of a Constitution is much higher than any statute made by the legislature. A Statute is an act to fulfill a particular social, political or economic need and so its efficacy of importance does not endure so long. But a Constitution is made to endure with the avowed purpose to fulfill the aspiration of the people who made it. It is by the people, for the people and a documentation of the cherished good of the people. Constitutions are not conceived and acted in vacuum, and as an instrument of Government. It is always intended the condition and as it is itself conditioned by the circumstance and environment of the community whose activities seek it to regulate. It is never internal and differs from other laws only in respect of general national purpose, it has in view. Constitution, written - unwritten has a philosophy of its own: it is the means of ordering the life of people. This way we should have good understanding of our constitution.


One reason why the law of constitution is imperfectly understood is that we rarely put it side by side with the constitutional provisions of other countries. In other words a comparative study of the constitution is absolutely necessary for its perfect understanding. Apart from it we should also study to find out that what was in the mind of constitution makers.

Constitutional interpretations by Courts have played an important role in settling political problems as well as other issues involving individuals and parties. These interpretations have also restricted or expanded the scope of action of different functionaries of the Government and enabled individuals and groups to enjoy constitutional and legal protection. The Supreme Court of America, in a case held that an unconstitutional act is not a law, it confers no rights, it imposes no duties, it creates no offence and this act is inoperative as it has never been passed. The Superior Courts in Pakistan also support this viewpoint. In all matters, aggrieved person can avail the statutory remedy of Appeal or Revision, which is not some times adequate, effective, efficacious, convenient, beneficiary and expeditious. In such situations the aggrieved party can avail the extra ordinary remedy by invoking constitutional jurisdiction of the High Court or Supreme Court, which is obviously speedy and effective remedy and foster the justice. These conditions occasionally overlap or conflict with each other.

Law of Writs in Pakistan

A writ is an official written directive issued by an organisation with administrative or judicial jurisdiction; in modern sense, this organisation is known as a court. There are many types of writs exist including prerogative writs, summons and warrants but there are many others.

The writ, in common parlance, is an order issued by a court in the name of an authority requiring the performance of a specific act.

Prerogative Writs

The "prerogative" writs or writs based on privileges are a subclass of the group of writs, those that are to be heard before regular cases on a court's docket except other such writs. The most common types of prerogative writs are mandamus, certiorari, habeas corpus, procedendo, prohibito, and quo warranto, although these technical names have not been prescribed in the constitution.

Writ of Mandamus

Mandamus is a judicial remedy which is in the form of an order from a superior court to any subordinate court, organisational or public authority to do or refrain from doing some specific act which that body is obliged under the law to do or abstain from doing, as the case may be, and which is in the nature of public duty and in certain cases of a statutory duty. It cannot be issued to force an authority to do something against any statutory law.

Writ of Certiorari

Certiorari is a writ intending for seeking judicial review, currently means an order by a superior court directing a lower court, tribunal, or public authority to submit the record in a certain case for review.

Writ of Habeas Corpus

Habeas corpus is a legal action through which a prisoner can be released from an unlawful custody or detention. The remedy can be pursued by the prisoner or by another person coming to his / her assistance. Habeas corpus originated in the English legal system, has historically been an important legal mechanism, protecting rights of individual against arbitrary governmental action.

Writ of Procedendo

A writ of procedendo is a remedy where there is a delay in rendering a judgment that amount to a abandonment or denial of justice. It is an order of a higher court to lower court, directing that court to extract a delayed judgment. The writ does not specify as to what judgment the lower court must extract, it merely orders the lower court to proceed to judgment. Rebuttal to comply with the writ may subject the lower court to an excerpt for contempt.

Writ of Prohibito

The Court may issue a writ of prohibition to prohibit the authority from acting in excess of its jurisdiction. This writ is normally issued by a superior court to the lower court asking it not to proceed with a case which does not fall under its jurisdiction.

Writ of Quo Warranto

The writ of quo warranto is issued against a person who claims or usurps a public office. Through this process, the court inquires 'by what authority' the person supports his or her claim.

Other writs

Other writs include audita querela, capias, coram nobis, fieri facias, mittimus, ne exeat republica, praemuire, scire facias, frrts and venire facias etc.

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