This is just a summary of the motions we discussed today in Intro to Law. If you are in the Oklahoma City area and you are interested in becoming a paralegal, please give our Admissions office a call. They know that if you come to visit while I am teaching that I would be happy to meet with you! I am on campus four days per week.
Today we discussed the lifespan of a lawsuit and some of the motions that may be filed during the span.
- Motion to Dismiss – In some states, this is also known as a demurrer. This is filed alleging that the complaint does not contain facts that warrants any type of lawsuit or that the complaint is improperly stated according to procedural rules.
- Motion to Quash Service of Process – This challenges the service of process of the summons. If someone isn’t properly served, that can cause problems with the lawsuit.
- Motion to Compel – If procedural time limits are not honored, the party expecting information may request that court order immediate compliance.
- Motion for Sanctions – This is used when one party is of the opinion that the other party is willfully disregarding the rules of procedure or orders of the court.
- Motion for Summary Judgment – It basically states that the evidence is so overwhelmingly in favor of one party that no reasonable judge or jury could find in favor of the other party. It asks that the case be determined without trial and in favor of the requesting party.
- Motion in limine – This is an attempt to prevent certain evidence from being presented on the basis that it could interfere with an informed and fair decision by the jury.