Order to Show Cause / Request for Order

Request for Order / Order to Show Cause

An Order to Show Cause (OSC — also known as a Request for Order in California,) is a way to require both parties to appear in court to obtain a court order. An order may make someone do something, such as pay child support. Or it may stop someone from doing something, like harassing another person. Also, an order may simply set a date for something to happen, like the beginning of a trial.

You must give the person you are suing (or who is suing you) a chance to respond. That is, you must give him or her “notice” in writing of your order to show cause. Read on to learn more about what an order to show cause entails and how We The People can help.

For more information about Orders to Show Cause and Requests for Order, see Order to Show Cause: Frequently Asked Questions.

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