in·​ter·​loc·​u·​to·​ry | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlä-kyə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce interlocutory (audio) \

Definition of interlocutory

: made during the progress of a legal action and not final or definitive an interlocutory appeal an interlocutory decree

Examples of interlocutory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The House stripped the bill of the tougher penalties and kept the provisions to track the gun crime data and to include what is known as an interlocutory appeal, a legal maneuver that helps in prosecuting gun cases. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Last month, District Court Judge Richard L. Young granted the state's request for an interlocutory appeal because courts are split on Younger'sapplication and the Seventh Circuit has yet to address the question. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Oct. 2021 Kirsten Parillo of Tax Notes has a discussion of the legal issue involved in the government's request for an interlocutory appeal - Appraiser Opposes Interlocutory Appeal in DOJ Easement Suit. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 An interlocutory appeal is one made before the underlying case is resolved in the lower court and typically is granted only in rare circumstances. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2019 The court issued a ruling Wednesday saying there were no exceptional circumstances justifying an interlocutory review of the judge’s decision. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2019 His interlocutory approach is gentle, meandering, even bumbling. Ruth Graham, Slate Magazine, 4 Jan. 2018 This kind of appeal that occurs in the midst of litigation, called an interlocutory appeal, typically moves faster through the 9th Circuit than an appeal that is brought at the end of a case. Kristina Davis,, 7 Oct. 2017 Nevertheless, Viacom not only loses its attempt to avoid trial, but the judge rejects an alternative motion to certify the case for an interlocutory appeal, meaning one that would come before trial. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, 25 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of interlocutory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Interlocutory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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in·​ter·​loc·​u·​to·​ry | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlä-kyə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce interlocutory (audio) \

Legal Definition of interlocutory

: not final or definitive an interlocutory order broadly : made or done during the progress of an action especially when delay would cause irreversible injury an interlocutory appeal

History and Etymology for interlocutory

Medieval Latin interlocutorius, from Late Latin interloqui to pronounce an interlocutory sentence, from Latin, to speak between


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