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This bulletin reviews North Carolina case law on using mandamus to require enforcement of local ordinances. A Writ of Mandamus, when issued, directs a public officer to perform a specific duty. It exists to relieve the frustration of persons who are entitled to have an officer take a specific action but face a persistent refusal by the officer top do so. The NC Supreme Court identified five elements necessary to a successful mandamus suit.