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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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What Is a Motion?

When you want a court to do something, you must ask the court. If all the parties agree, then more often than not, the court will follow along. If, however, one side wants the court to do something, and the other doesn’t, you have to file a motion.
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A motion is a plaintiff or defendant’s formal demand that the court take a specific action and order that something be done.
There are pretrial motions, which have to be scheduled for the court to hear, and motions that are made during trial, which are made right then in the middle of another hearing. With formal motions, the court rules will tell you how far ahead ...

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