Show Cause

A court order directing a person to appear and bring forth any evidence as to why the remedies stated in the order should not be confirmed or executed. A show cause order is usually based on a motion and affidavit asking for relief.

Source: Office of Child Support Enforcement.


A court order telling a person to appear in court and present any evidence why the orders requested by the other side should not be granted or executed.. A show cause order is usually based on a motion and affidavit asking the judge to make certain decisions.

Source: California Courts.