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Should I Go for (Wr)it by Noticed Motion or Alternative Writ Procedure?

When you want to challenge an action or decision by a nonjudicial body, such as a governing board, an administrative agency, or a public official, you need to file a writ in superior court. You have two procedural options for getting this process going: noticed motion and alternative writ. Ultimately, these two procedures are simply two different routes to the same goal—obtaining a hearing on the merits of the writ petition—but each procedure has its particular advantages and disadvantages.