What is a Motion and How Does It Work?

  • A motion is an application to the court where you’re requesting that the court either take some sort of action or grant you some sort of relief.
  • Any party to a matter can file a motion.
  • The adversary has a chance to either respond to that motion, oppose that motion, or request their own relief.
  • Twenty-four days after the initial motion is filed, the court will either entertain oral argument on the issues or the judge will decide that the submissions of the attorneys were sufficient and will issue a decision on the papers.