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Often referred to simply as TROs, temporary restraining orders are short-term pre-trial temporary injunctions that can only be obtained if the moving party can convince the judge that he or she will suffer irreparable injury prior to the trial unless the order is issued. Such orders can be obtained ex parte (with only one side appearing before the judge) and without a formal hearing. The TRO only remains in place until the judge has the opportunity to hold a hearing on a motion to grant a preliminary injunction. A TRO may not be appealed. Issuance of TROs in federal court are governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; the exact requirements of TROs vary from state to state in state courts.
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