interlocutory

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The term “interlocutory” is used to indicate a lack of finality. For example:

  • An “interlocutory decree” is a judgement that does not settle all of the issues of a case and where the further action by the court is needed to settle the controversy. In contrast, a final judgment resolves all issues in dispute and leaves nothing for the court to do but enter judgment.
  • An “interlocutory order” is a non-final, temporary order issued during the course of litigation.
  • An “interlocutory appeal” is an appeal of a non-final order.

[Last updated in June of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]