collateral order doctrine
- A principle that allows for review of orders in a legal case, which settles a contested matter independently from the rest of the case, and is considered too significant to wait for review until the case is fully settled
- The lawyer invoked the collateral order doctrine to challenge the ruling on admissibility of evidence before the case progressed further.
- Under the collateral order doctrine, the court was empowered to review the defendant's Constitutional right claims prior to final judgement.
- The collateral order doctrine permitted an immediate appeal of the court's order, given the serious implications it had on the later stages of the case.