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Definition of Motion

A legal motion is a written or oral process made to the court to get a ruling from a judge. The goal of the motion is to get the judge to make a favorable ruling for the party who submitted the motion. Motions are generally made in writing. They must outline the grounds for the motion, a recitation of the facts of the case, the reason the requestor has made the motion and the statute that supports the motion request. After the legal motion is received by the judge they may agree to grant the motion or deny the motion. A hearing may also be scheduled to review the motion and allow both the plaintiff and the defendant to make arguments to support their motion. A judge will issue his decision in what is called an "order".

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