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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 may then file and serve opposition papers. Finally,  the moving party can submit reply papers if desired. 


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 below to download this guide, with step-by-step instructions and sample forms:

 Motions in Civil Court: Writing and Scheduling Civil Motions

updated kf 4/2013
reviewed en 9/2013