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Legal Memorandum: Issuing a Writ of Prohibition or Mandamus

Issue: When may a writ of mandamus or a writ of prohibition be issued?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Writ of Prohibition or Mandamus; Ministerial acts
Jurisdiction: Federal, Nebraska
Cited Cases: 241 Neb. 779; 693 N.W.2d 278; 506 N.W.2d 682; 701 N.W.2d 320; 35 N.W.2d 772; 150 Neb. 695; 694 N.W. 2d 832; 244 Neb. 310; 270 Neb. 1; 55 Neb. 334
Cited Statutes: Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1329, § 25-1144.01
Date: 07/01/2007

A writ of mandamus is only to compel ministerial acts.  But another option is of obtaining a writ of prohibition, to prevent the court from acting further without the jurisdiction to do so.  Such a writ would require a clear determination that the court did not have jurisdiction to act in this matter.  Line v. Rouse, 241 Neb. 779, 491 N.W.2d 316 (1992). 

The Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1329 requires that a motion to correct or amend a judgment be brought within ten days of the entry of the judgment.   

These cases: Jarrett v. Eichler, 244 Neb. 310, 506 N.W.2d 682 (1993); Bradley v. Slater, 55 Neb. 334, 75 N.W. 826 (1898)— predate the enactment of § 25-1329 in 2001.  The idea of a court’s inherent authority to correct a judgment at any time has, been referenced by several cases decided since § 25-1329 was passed.  These cases do not, however, cite or discuss the application or validity of § 25-1329.  See, e.g., Destiny 98 TD v. Miodowski, 269 Neb. 427, 693 N.W.2d 278 (2005).  The case law that discusses that section does so in the context of determining whether an appeal from an order was timely.  See, Strong v. Omaha Const. Industry Pension Plan, 270 Neb. 1, 5, 701 N.W.2d 320, 326 (2005); Allied Mut. Ins. Co. v. City of Lincoln, 269 Neb. 631, 638, 694 […]

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