People of different religion, caste, race, language and of different mind sets can be found in a Country like India and as India is a secular nation and its diversity is known worldwide thus conflicts are also very normal  among them on small matters and that is why we have status quo in our country’s law like other nations. You can say that this law helps in maintaining peace amongst citizens of India. On the other hand the expression status quo is a term of ambiguity and at times gives rise to  doubts and difficulties also.

What is status quo?

Status quo” means “existing condition” or “existing state of things” or the current political or social conditions at any given point of time.  It can also be defined as the existing state of affairs or circumstances or situations. Order of Status quo may be issued by a judge to prevent any of the parties indulged in dispute or conflict from taking any action until the matter can be resolved. It seeks to prevent harm or preserve the existing situations, so that a party’s position is not prejudiced in the meantime until a resolution is reached or found.

What happens when status quo order is passed?

Whenever the status quo order is passed by the High Court or the Supreme Court, then the Respondent are required to maintain the position as on the date of order

Effects of status quo

A judge always has the authority to issue a status quo order to prevent anyone from taking any action until the matter can be heard and resolved by the court.

Understand status quo through an example

Let’s take the example of a property dispute between a person or a group of people and any government authority like municipality and court has passed the status quo order then that property cannot be told or any other action cannot be taken until or unless the order is not vacated, modified or reversed.