O.S.C Law and Legal Definition
O.S.C is the abbreviation for order to show cause. Order to show cause is an order of the court directing a party to a lawsuit to appear on a certain date to show cause why the judge should not issue a specific order or make a certain finding. A show cause order is generally used in contempt actions, cases involving injunctive relief, and situations where time is of the essence. Even though similar to a motion, it can produce a court order on the requested relief much more quickly than a motion can.