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By Brice Van Elswyk
Founding Attorney

Injunctions are powerful court orders in civil litigation, either compelling or preventing specific actions. These legal instruments come into play when immediate action is needed to address a dispute, offering a means to protect legal rights ahead of a final court decision. There are various types of injunctions, each with its own application and impact.

What Is an Injunction?

An injunction is a legal order issued by a court that directs a party to do or refrain from doing specific acts. It’s a form of equitable relief, providing immediate protection or prevention in cases where monetary compensation isn’t sufficient. Injunctions can be temporary, lasting only until a specific event, or permanent, offering long-term solutions. Their issuance hinges on proving that such an order is necessary to prevent harm or injustice.

Types of Injunctions

  • Temporary Restraining Order (TRO): This is a short-term injunction, often granted without the other party’s presence, to prevent immediate harm. TROs typically last until a formal hearing can be held, which must be held within 15 days from the issuance of the TRO unless the Court grants a continuance and extension.
  • Final Injunction: Issued as a final order after a case concludes, and can be in existence for a term of days, months or years, or can be a permanent injunction. A permanent injunction provides long-term relief by permanently requiring or prohibiting specific actions. It’s granted when the court finds a clear violation of rights or laws that warrants ongoing enforcement.

How to Obtain an Injunction in Florida

Obtaining an injunction in Florida starts with filing a petition in the appropriate court. This petition must clearly outline the necessity for the injunction, demonstrating imminent harm or a violation of legal rights. Evidence plays a critical role, so it’s essential to present concrete proof supporting the claim. Once filed, the court reviews the petition and decides whether to issue a Temporary Restraining Order pending a formal hearing. At the hearing, both parties have the opportunity to present their arguments. The court then determines if the issuance of a Final Injunction is warranted based on the evidence and legal standards. Key considerations include the likelihood of irreparable harm without the injunction and the balance of harm between parties. It’s a process requiring careful preparation and a strong legal argument to succeed.

Potential Challenges and Considerations

Navigating the process of obtaining an injunction in Florida comes with its challenges. One of the primary hurdles is proving the urgency and necessity for such an order, which requires demonstrating the potential for irreparable harm without it. Additionally, balancing the interests of both parties involved is crucial, as the court must consider the impact an injunction may have on the respondent. Another consideration is the potential for long-term legal consequences, making it imperative to assess the broader implications of seeking an injunction. These factors make obtaining an injunction a complex legal endeavor.

The Role of an Attorney in Seeking an Injunction

In seeking an injunction, an attorney will ensure that all procedural requirements are met and the case is presented compellingly. At Van Elswyk Law, our experienced team provides thorough guidance, from drafting precise petitions to presenting robust evidence in court. We understand the nuances of Florida’s legal system and work diligently to advocate for your rights. Our commitment is to deliver tailored legal strategies that address your specific needs. If you’re considering an injunction, reach out to Van Elswyk Law. Let us help you take the necessary legal steps with confidence.

About the Author
Brice Van Elswyk started his professional career as an investment banker in 1998. Over the next 14 years, Brice worked for several international investment banks, eventually specializing in structured products with complex tax, accounting, and regulatory capital constraints.While at the State Attorney’s Office, Brice prosecuted crimes ranging from misdemeanors such as DUI’s and domestic batteries, all the way to homicide, drug trafficking and sex crimes. Most recently, Brice was a specialty prosecutor focusing on capital sex crimes and crimes against children. Now, Brice combines his vast knowledge of finance, and his extensive experience as a trial attorney to serve clients in both criminal defense and civil matters.