A writ is a legal command.

In the parliamentary context a writ is an order issued by the Governor that an election be conducted and upon which the result is recorded. There are 93 writs issued at the general election for the Legislative Assembly and one writ for the election of 21 members at a periodic election of the Legislative Council. After an election the Electoral Commissioner will endorse on the writ the names of the candidates elected and return the writs to the Governor.