Prerogative writs are a class of writs which originate from English law. Originally they were available only to the Crown, but later they were made available to the king's subjects through the courts.
The prerogative writs are:
- habeas corpus
- quo warranto
- scire facias (C.J. Antieau, The Practice of Extraordinary Remedies: Habeas Corpus and the Other Common Law Writs, Vol. II, at 802 ("Once known as a prerogative writ, scire facias is now better described as one of the extraordinary writs") (1987)