Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to Make and Oppose Motions

Class recorded May 25, 2023

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A motion is how you request that a court order someone to do something in your lawsuit. Motions are made to obtain many types of orders: to postpone a trial to a later date, to modify an order for child support, to get a judgment without going to trial, to get a rehearing or a new trial, or for sanctions when a party breaks the rules (just to name a few). A motion for any of these orders can have a huge impact on your case. This class is intended to give an overview of how motions work in California state court and the rules of procedure that apply to making, filing, serving and opposing motions.

Class covers:

  • What a motion is and why a motion may be important to your case
  • When a motion is appropriate
  • What is included in a motion
  • How to get a motion on calendar and rules regarding service, filing and proper notice
  • Requirements for "ex parte" (emergency) and oral motions, and when each of these is appropriate

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