Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Order Definition:

A formal written direction given by a member of the judiciary; a court decision without reasons.

Related Terms: Judgment, Interim Order

The formal written judgment of a member of the judiciary on behalf of his/her court, as the record of its decision in a disputed and litigated matter.

A court decision without reasons as in a "Court order".

In R v Recorder of Oxford, Justice Bridge wrote:

"The word order in relation to legal proceedings in itself is ambiguous. Clearly it may mean ... an order requiring an affirmative course of action to be taken in pursuance of the order, but it is equally clear that the word may have a much wider meaning covering in effect all decisions of courts."

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