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What Is an Interim Order?

Many types of orders or writs are issued by the court in the process of a litigation or court hearing. Such orders or writs do not necessarily intend to resolve the dispute brought before the court, but are means of settling minor issues that may be brought up in the process of resolving said dispute. Thus, an interim order is one such order that is issued by the court to settle issues pertaining to the main issue.


An interim order, like any order, is binding until a final decree or order has been issued. Also known as an interlocutory order, an interim order is most often found to be issued in cases of civil litigation. In order to obtain an interim order, a request must be made and submitted to the judge presiding over the court case. Before the interim order is given, the court reviews the evidence, statements, and other relevant information. A court may also wish to hear arguments presented by any of the legal counsel so as to provide more information in order to pass a fair judgment.


Most interim orders issued are often respond to procedural issues, such as the presentation of evidence at a court appointed date. However, it is also possible for interim orders to aid in resolving substantive matters. Various kinds of interim orders exist to resolve various types of issues. For example, a restraining order is a type of interim order that prevents a party from committing a certain action or inaction.

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