gag order
gag order see order 3b

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

gag order
n.
(1) An order issued by a judge prohibiting participants in a lawsuit from discussing the case publicly in order to protect the litigants’ right to an impartial trial; gag orders may not usually be imposed on the press.
(2) An order to restrain or silence a disruptive defendant in a criminal trial.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


gag order
A judge's order prohibiting the attorneys and parties in a pending lawsuit or criminal prosecution from talking about the case to the media or the public.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


gag order
n. In litigation, a court's order to the parties and witnesses not to speak to the press or public about the case.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


gag order
A court order to gag or bind an unruly defendant or remove her or him from the courtroom in order to prevent further interruptions in a trial. In a trial with a great deal of notoriety, a court order directed to attorneys and witnesses not to discuss the case with the media—such order being felt necessary to assure the defendant of a fair trial. A court order, directed to the media, not to report certain aspects of a crime or criminal investigation prior to trial.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


gag order
A court order to gag or bind an unruly defendant or remove her or him from the courtroom in order to prevent further interruptions in a trial. In a trial with a great deal of notoriety, a court order directed to attorneys and witnesses not to discuss the case with the media—such order being felt necessary to assure the defendant of a fair trial. A court order, directed to the media, not to report certain aspects of a crime or criminal investigation prior to trial.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

gag order
n.
   a judge's order prohibiting the attorneys and the parties to a pending lawsuit or criminal prosecution from talking to the media or the public about the case. The supposed intent is to prevent prejudice due to pre-trial publicity which would influence potential jurors. A gag order has the secondary purpose of preventing the lawyers from trying the case in the press and on television, and thus creating a public mood (which could get ugly) in favor of one party or the other. Based on the "freedom of the press" provision of the First Amendment, the court cannot constitutionally restrict the media from printing or broadcasting information about the case, so the only way is to put a gag on the participants under the court's control. In Canada, however, the media can be restricted, as in a famous case in which American newspapers were smuggled across the border to report on a particularly lurid sex-murder case in which a second accused person was yet to be tried. A gag order can also be made by an executive agency such as when President George Bush issued a gag order which forbade federally funded health clinics from giving out information about abortions, a gag order which President Bill Clinton rescinded on his first day in office, January 22, 1993.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • gag order — noun a court order restricting information or comment by the participants involved in a lawsuit imposing a gag order on members of the press violates the First Amendment • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑court order * * * noun, pl ⋯… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • gag order — An unruly defendant at trial may constitutionally be bound and gagged to prevent further interruptions in the trial. Illinois v. Allen, 397 U.S. 337, 90 S.Ct. 1057, 25 L.Ed.2d 353. Term may also refer to an order by the court, in a trial with a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • gag order — An unruly defendant at trial may constitutionally be bound and gagged to prevent further interruptions in the trial. Illinois v. Allen, 397 U.S. 337, 90 S.Ct. 1057, 25 L.Ed.2d 353. Term may also refer to an order by the court, in a trial with a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • gag order — a court order banning reporters, attorneys, and other parties involved in a case before a court of law from reporting on or publicly disclosing anything relating to the case. [1975 80] * * * …   Universalium

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