- /int3rl6k(y)3tgriy/ Provisional; interim; temporary; not final. Something intervening between the commencement and the end of a suit which decides some point or matter, but is not a final decision of the whole controversy.An interlocutory order or decree is one which does not finally determine a cause of action but only decides some intervening matter pertaining to the cause, and which requires further steps to be taken in order to enable the court to adjudicate the cause on the merits. In re Merle's Inc., C.A.Wash., 481 F.2d 1016, 1018.As to interlocutory costs- interlocutory decree- interlocutory injunction- interlocutory judgment- interlocutory order; and interlocutory sentence, see those titles.See also intermediate order@ interlocutory appealAn appeal of a matter which is not determinable of the controversy, but which is necessary for a suitable adjudication of the merits.See also final decision rule@ Interlocutory Appeals ActFederal Act which grants discretion to the courts of appeals to review any interlocutory order whatever in a civil case if the trial (i.e. federal district court) judge, in making the order, has stated in writing that the order involves a controlling question of law as to which there is substantial ground for difference of opinion and that an immediate appeal from the order may materially advance the ultimate termination of litigation. 28 U.S.C.A. No. 1292@ interlocutory decisionAny decision prior to a final decision.See interlocutoryCompare final decision or judgment@
Black's law dictionary. HENRY CAMPBELL BLACK, M. A.. 1990.