Legal Definition and Related Resources of Interlocutory

Meaning of Interlocutory

A judgment is said to be interlocutory when it determines less than all issues as to all parties , thereby leaving something further to be determined and adjudicated by the court in disposing of the parties and their rights . A judgment that does not finally dispose of the action . Thus, a judgment ordering reference to a referee for an accounting and providing that upon receipt of accounting the court should make its final distribution of property among the parties is an interlocutory one. See Gollard v Bayler, 345 P.2d259, 174 C.A.2d827. An injunction is said to be interlocutory when the object is simply preventive, to maintain things in the condition in which they are at the time until rights and equities of parties can be considered and determined after the full examination and hearing . See Emerman v Baldwin, 142 A.2d 440, 186 Pa. Super. 561.

Interlocutory Alternative Definition

Something which is done between the commencement and the end of a suit or action which decides some point or matter, which, however, is not a final decision of the matter in issue; as, interlocutory judgments, or decrees, or orders. Interlocutory Costs. Costs accruing upon proceedings in the intermediate stages of a cause, as distinguished from final costs ; such as the costs of motions. 8 Chit. Gen. Prae. 597. Interlocutory Decree. A provisional or preliminary decree, which is not final, and does not determine the suit, but directs some further proceedings preparatory to the final decree. A decree pronounced for the purpose of ascertaining matter of law or fact preparatory to a final decree. 1 Barb. Ch. Prac. 326, 327. 1 – Interlocutory Judgment. A preliminary or Intermediate judgment. A judgment given in the course of an action upon some plea, proceeding, or default which is only intermediate, and does not determine or complete the suit, as upon a demurrer or plea in abatement, or where the right of the plaintiff is established, but the quantum of damages is not ascertained. 1 Tidd, Prac. 568. See “Final” Interlocutory Order. An order made during the progress of a cause upon some incidental matter which arises out of the proceedings. Interlocutory Sentence. In civil law. A sentence on some indirect question arising from the principal cause. Halifax, Civ. Law, bk. 3, e. 9, No. 40.

Interlocutory Legal Definition

Temporary. Often used to describe a court order that is not a final disposition of the case but only decides some point in it.

Synonyms of Interlocutory


  • interim
  • intermedial
  • intermediary
  • intervening
  • interventional
  • nonfinal
  • nonpermanent
  • not final
  • provisional
  • provisory
  • temporary
  • tentative
  • transient
  • transitory
  • Associated Concepts: interlocutory appeal
  • interlocutory costs
  • interlocutory decree
  • interlocutory injunction
  • interlocutory order
  • interlocutory rulings

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Interlocutory in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of interlocutory.

Meaning of Interlocutory in Spanish

Description/ translation of interlocutory into Spanish: interlocutorio, interlocutoria; interlocutory decision (= ruling): resolución interlocutoria (la que resuelve algún incidente o cuestión durante el proceso; el derecho español adopta la forma de auto)[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where interlocutory belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Interlocutory published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Meaning of Interlocutory in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Interlocutory published by the National Association for Court Management: Provisional; not final. An interlocutory order or an interlocutory appeal concerns only a part of the issues raised in a lawsuit.



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