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

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Motions After Trial

After the verdict or decision is announced, and even after a judgment is entered, you can still make requests of the court that can change the outcome of the case. Some motions might have to be made while you’re still in the courtroom, and some can be made well after the trial is over, depending on the court rules. This is a technical area, and each state, and sometimes each judge, is different. This is a great reason to consider hiring an attorney.

Motion for a New Trial

A common motion made after the trial is over is a motion for a new trial. It’s sometimes referred to as a “motion for trial de novo,” which is Latin for “new” or “from the beginning.” This is usually based on the argument that there was some major problem ...

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