Types of Court Orders § 1:

Types of Orders:

injunction – an order (or writ) commanding or preventing an action that the plaintiff has shown to be necessary to prevent injury.

subpoena – command a person to appear in court, subject to a penalty for failing to comply.

show cause order directs a party to appear in court & explain why the party took (or failed to take) some action or why the court should or should not impose some sanction or grant some relief.

peremptory mandamus – an absolute command to the defendant after they default on, or fail to show sufficient cause in answer to, an alternative mandamus.

interlocutory – a temporary order not constituting a final resolution of the whole controversy.

mandate (i)judicial command directed to an officer of the court to enforce a court order.

mandate (ii) – order from an appellate court directing a lower court to take a specified action.

minute order – An order recorded in the minutes of the court rather than directly on a case docket., often not directly relating to a case, such as an order adopting a local rule of court. 

remittitur – an order requiring a Plaintiff to choose between a new trial or lowering the damages amount below what the jury had awarded.

additur – with the defendant’s consent, increases the jury’s award of damages to avoid a new trial on grounds of inadequate damages.


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[1]: All definitions from: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: 1 Henry Campbell Black, A Treatise on the Law of Judgments § 1, at 5 (2d ed. 1902).

[3]: 1 A.C. Freeman, A Treatise of the Law of Judgments §
19, at 28 (Edward W. Tuttle ed., 5th ed. 1925).


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