Viewing Jason Taylor Fitzgerald: "The Writ of Quo Warranto in Minnesota's legal and political history." (2015)
Jason Taylor Fitzgerald: "The Writ of Quo Warranto in Minnesota's legal and political history." (2015)
The ancient and extraordinary writ of quo warranto has been an integral legal device in the development of Anglo-American society. The writ has also been a critical component in Minnesota, particularly in the geopolitical development of the state. Quo warranto has traditionally possessed a civic quality but has not been a consistent feature of our political process. This article explores the background of quo warranto and eventual adoption into Minnesota's legal history. Tracing the course of the writ, this article posits that quo warranto should not be studied as a historical relic but rather a dynamic judicial device. The history of quo warranto is compelling and intriguing, but even more fascinating are the future potential uses of the writ and understanding how and why the use of quo warranto ebbs and flows.