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Interdict

- (Scottish) (Injunction in England) A legal procedure involving a person or body placing a writ before a sherrif to prevent or cease from doing some form of action not normally perceived as a crime. Most commonly used in respect of civil rights, but on occasion can be a useful supplement to listed building legislation when the concept of character, curtilage etc is proving difficult for someone to grasp. An interim interdict is called to court immediately and if successful a decision is made which preserves the status quo. This is all important because there is no power available under the planning acts to serve a stop notice in respect of work in progress which would have required listed building consent only.