Glossary of Terms

A written statement that begins a civil lawsuit, in which the plaintiff details the claims against the defendant.

To keep an order in effect until the judicial officer can conduct a hearing to finalize or end the case. A case can be extended for a variety of reasons. If the judicial officer decides that a case needs to be continued, the case will be rescheduled to be heard again at later time. If the judicial officer has continued an order, the order will remain in effect until the hearing date.