Delay Prevention Order Law and Legal Definition

A delay prevention order is an order issued by a court prior to dismissal of a case due to a party's failure to take required action. Delay prevention orders are governed by state laws, which vary by state.

For example, one state allows the order to be issued if plaintiff/counsel does not appear, and the plaintiff will be required to take one of the following actions:

1) file a written motion for default judgment;

2) file an alias summons with a new court date;

3) file a written settlement stipulation or;

4) file a request to administratively close the case if the defendant cannot be located and served. An administratively closed case can be reopened by written motion.

Failure to file one of the above documents within thirty (30) days will result in dismissal of the case.