Interim Order Legal Definition: A temporary court order; intended to be of limited duration, usually just until the court has had an opportunity of hearing the full case and make a final order. Related Terms: Interlocutory , Order , Final Order Also known as an interlocutory order or a temporary order, although the former is usually reserved for matters of procedure or process. Any reference to an interlocutory order generally includes interim orders. Note however that an interim order is fully enforceable until and unless it is changed by a final order: "(I)interim orders, which by their terms, are to be superseded by a final order."1 In City of Corpus Christi, Justice Sam Johnson of the Supreme Court of Texas used these words: "An interim or interlocutory order is by definition an order made pending the cause, before a final disposition on the merits." The legal definition of an interim order affords an opportunity to mention what is arguably the worst monstrosity of judicial phraseology: the infamous interim interim order. For example, if a judge reserves judgment on an application for an interim order but feels obliged to issue a temporary order while his or her decision is being contemplated and published, he or she will issue that first generation interim order and because it is to serve only until the formal interim order issues, we have the interim interim order. REFERENCES: Big Three Industries, Inc. v. Railroad Com'n, 618 SW 2d 543 (1981 - NOTE 1) Bozson v. Altrincham Urban District Council,  1 K.B. 547 City of Corpus Christi v. Public Utility Commission, 572 SW 2d 290 (1978, Supreme Court of Texas, NOTE 2) Forest Glen Wood Products Ltd. v. British Columbia Minister of Forests, 2008 BCCA 480 Categories & Topics: Duhaime's Civil Litigation & Evidence Law Dictionary Unless otherwise noted, this page was written by Lloyd Duhaime of Duhaime.org Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Legal Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!