death knell exception
- A procedural rule that permits an immediate examination of a provisional court order if not reviewing it immediately would cause unfixable damage
- The lawyer argued for using the death knell exception to examine the order restricting the company's operations, fearing irreparable damage to the business if not reviewed in due time.
- In an attempt to prevent irreversible harm, the attorney petitioned for an immediate investigation of the court's order under the death knell exception.
- Given the potential for lasting harm and loss, an immediate review was called for using the death knell exception.