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INTERLOCUTOR, n. Also †interloqu(i)tor, -tur(e). Sc. Law: a term applied strictly to an interim order or decision of the Court of Session or of a Lord Ordinary before final judgment is pronounced, but in practice applied to any order of the Court (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 218, 1946 A. D. Gibb Legal Terms 44). Also occas. of Church and municipal Courts. Used attrib. in comb. interlocutor sheets, the documents on which the Court's interlocutors are entered, which forms part of a process (Gibb). [ɪntər′lɔkjətər]Sc. 1709 W. Forbes Journal (1714) 340:
All Interlocutors pronounced by the Ordinary in Absence, be signed the same Day they are pronounced.
Sc. 1721 J. C. Jessop Education in Angus (1931) 204:
Having determined the Relevancy of the points Lybelled and admitted to Probation, the Moderator must sign that Interloquitor, and then proceed to examine the Witnesses.
Edb. 1742 J. D. Marwick Edb. Guilds (1909) 209:
The dean of guild and his council . . . shall pronounce an interlocutor.
Sc. 1773 Erskine Institute iv. iii. § 5:
An interlocutor in praesentia, if it be not either reclaimed against within the limited time, or if it be affirmed by a second interlocutor upon a reclaiming bill, has . . . the full effect of a res judicata . . . though it cannot receive execution till it be extracted.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xxii.:
The Court is gaun to pronounce the interlocutor of relevancy.
Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost xxxviii.:
One of the writers' clerks . . . bade her protest and appeal against the interlocutor.
Hdg. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 II. 93:
The interlocutor complained of in the said appeal.
Sc. 1928 Green's Encyclopedia V. 459:
The decree is in fact the judgment itself; the interlocutor is the instrument which contains the decree.
Sc. 1957 Sc. Law Times (Session) 7:
The Lord Ordinary's interlocutor assoilzieing the defenders should be affirmed.

[O.Sc. interloqutour, id., from 1503, ad. Med.Lat. interlocutorium. Cf. Fr. interlocutoire, and Eng. interlocutory decree, a provisional decision of a court. For sim. form cf. Declarator.]

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