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Interlocutory Order

Definition - What does Interlocutory Order mean?

An interlocutory order is an order that is made within a court case about a separate yet related issue before the court case continues. There are many reasons why an interlocutory order could be used. The most common reason is when one side of a court case believes that the other side is withholding information that is essential to the case and which is required to be produced for the case to be furthered on actual grounds. Another reason for an interlocutory order to be issued is when the defendant of an action does not feel that enough information has been provided in the court order being held against them and due to this discrepancy can seek further clarification of the issue before the case proceeds.

Justipedia explains Interlocutory Order

Interlocutory orders are common in civil litigation and family law cases. Although it is most common for the plaintiff to request interlocutory orders in cases of lack of information, it can be ordered from the defense as well. Cases must have started, but not finished for an interlocutory order to be used. When one is requested, a lapse in the court action persists until the further information is provided and assessed. Then, the case presumes where it left off. Interlocutory orders are notoriously difficult to receive from the judge.

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