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What is an injunction?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2022 | civil litigation | 0 comments

If your civil case involves trying to stop someone from doing something, time may be of the essence. Unfortunately, the legal system can often move slowly.

If you find yourself in urgent need of stopping the other person, you may want to consider an injunction. The Legal Information Institute explains this type of court order can make someone stop doing something or make them do something.

Getting one

You may want to get an injunction if the issue at hand is getting out of control. If you feel like the situation could escalate and lead to physical harm or something that would become expensive to reverse, then an injunction may be a good option. The court can step in and make a temporary ruling that will help before you go to court for the issue.

You will need to file a petition with the court to ask for an injunction. The judge has complete discretion to decide whether to order one.

Consequences

Once you get an injunction, the other person must abide by the ruling of the court. If he or she does not, there are potential criminal consequences. In most cases, the court would impose civil penalties, such as fines, until the person complies.

An injunction can be the answer to your problems if things are escalating with your civil case. You can use the power of the court to protect yourself while waiting for your hearing. It could be the best decision in your situation, so make sure you consider it if you need help right now and cannot wait to go to a hearing.