Direction of a magistrate, judge, or properly empowered administrative officer.

(See also: Court Order and Support Order)

Source: Office of Child Support Enforcement.

(1) Decision of a judicial officer; (2) a directive of the court, on a matter relating to the main proceedings, that decides a preliminary point or directs some steps in the proceedings. Generally used to invalidate a prior conviction, for example, an order issued after a hearing where a prior conviction is found invalid because certain legal standards weren't met during the time of trial and conviction. Or to set a fee, for example, an order telling a defendant to pay back the county for costs for a court-appointed attorney. Or to show cause, for example, an order to appear in court to give reasons why an action can't, should not have been, or has not been carried out. (See also court order, support order.)

Source: California Courts.