Definition - What does Preliminary Injunction mean?
A preliminary injunction is one that is issued early in the court proceedings either before the court case or in the early stages of it. The purpose of a preliminary injunction is to stop or prevent a party from continuing a certain line of action that is deemed to be detrimental to the plaintiff or to the plaintiff's property, or which could change the course of the case through deception. Preliminary injunctions are issued in many types of cases including landlord and tenant, foreclosure, and in divorces to prevent either party from selling assets that are party to the impending ruling.
Justipedia explains Preliminary Injunction
In order for a preliminary injunction to be granted, the plaintiff must show that there is a reasonable or probable expectation that imminent damage may be done or irreversible actions that would alter the landscape of the subject matter the case is regarding. An example of this would be a neighbor getting an injunction on another building a house partly on their land; if the injunction were not issued at the outset of the case, there would be a reasonable expectation that the building would be completed and the damage would not be able to be changed.