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Motions in Civil Cases

Writing and Scheduling Motions

Motions are used to ask the judge to make an order in your case. The moving party chooses a hearing date, then files and serves a written motion arguing why they are entitled to the order. The other party files and serves opposition papers, and the moving party can, optionally, submit reply papers. The judge issues a tentative ruling granting or denying the motion on the day before the hearing. The judge's decision becomes final after the hearing.


There is no Judicial Council form for most civil motions. Instead, the relevant documents must be typed on 28-line pleading paper. Customizable templates may be downloaded these links:


Click here to download this Guide, with step-by-step instructions, including sample forms.

updated kf 4/2013; reviewed en 9/2013