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A court injunction ordering the defendant to allow the plaintiff to enter named premises to search for and take copies of specified articles and documents. These orders are obtained by the plaintiff ‘ex parte’ (without the other party being present in court) to allow evidence to be preserved in cases in which there are grounds to think it will be destroyed. It is especially useful in ‘pirating’ cases. The order is not a search warrant, so entry cannot be forced, but the defendant will be in contempt of court if entry is refused. A solicitor must serve the order. It was formerly called an Anton Piller order, after an order made in the High Court in 1976 against Anton Piller KG.

Subjects: Law — Business and Management.

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