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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. 

FORMS 

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:

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

updated kf 4/2013
reviewed en 9/2013