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This legal glossary is a basic guide to common legal terms. A lawyer is in the best position to advise you about your legal rights and responsibilities.

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Order
A court's direction requiring a party to do something or refrain from doing something.
Assessment Order
  1. In criminal proceedings, a court's order to have an accused person's mental condition assessed where the court believes it necessary (a "fitness hearing").
  2. In civil law, an order that a person attend for a physical or mental examination where the physical or mental condition of a party to the proceedings is in question.
  3. In family law cases, a court's order to have a qualified professional investigate and report on the needs of the child(ren) and the ability of the parties to meet those needs.
Community Treatment Order
An order to provide a person who suffers from a serious mental disorder with a comprehensive plan of community-based treatment or care and supervision that is less restrictive than being detained in a psychiatric facility.
Consent Order
An order made by the court based upon the agreement of the parties.
Divorce Order
Final order made by a court in a divorce case. On taking effect, a divorce order legally ends a marriage.
Final Order
An order that decides a case or claim on a final basis.
Interim or Interlocutory Order
An order that is valid for a specified period of time or until there is a final order. It does not finally dispose of the case or claim before the court or tribunal.
Openness Order
In child protection cases, an order made by the court allowing a Crown ward to continue to have contact, communicate or have a relationship with a person after adoption.
Probation Order
(see Sentence)
Production Order
In criminal law, an order to have evidence produced by someone other than the accused. In civil law, an order that a party, or a third party with relevant documents, produce those documents for the purposes of the litigation.
Prohibition Order
(1) An order to prevent a person from doing something. (2) A prerogative writ.
Refraining order
In family law cases, a court order preventing the Family Responsibility Of fice from suspending a payor's driver's licence. 
Restraining Order
  1. In family law cases, an order restraining harassment that prohibits a person from molesting, annoying, harassing or communicating with their spouse, their children, or a person having custody.
  2. In family law cases, an order stopping one spouse from selling or depleting his or her property.
Restitution Order
(see Sentence)
Society Wardship Order
In child protection cases, an order placing a child in the care and custody of a children's aid society for a period of up to 12 months.
Supervision Order
In child protection cases, an order that the child is either placed with or returned to a parent or another person for between three and twelve months, and the children's aid society supervises the family.
Support Order
In family law cases, an order that a person provide support for his or her dependants, which sets out the amount to be paid and the time during which the support must be paid.
Support Deduction Order
In family law cases, an order that allows the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) to collect support payments.
Temporary Order
In family law cases, an order that is effective only for a limited time, including an interim order.
Treatment Order
In criminal law, an order to have the accused treated for mental health problems.