Rule to show cause Law and Legal Definition

A rule to show cause is a an order by the court, obtained on motion by either party to call upon the other to appear at a particular time before the court, to show cause, why the particular relief sought should not be granted. The Rule is generally used in connection with contempt proceedings and is granted generally upon the oath or affirmation of the applicant; but upon the hearing, the evidence of competent witnesses must be given to support the rule, and the affidavit of the applicant is insufficient.