All Types of Motions:

Definition of MOTION:

(18c.) l. A written or oral application requesting a court to make a specified ruling or order.”[1]

     Excerpt from John C. Townes’ Studies in American Elementary Law:

     “Frequently, in the progress of litigation, it is desired to
have the court take some action which is incidental to the main proceeding, as appointing an auditor, or entering a survey of land, etc.  Such action is invoked by an application usually less formal than the pleadings, and called a motion.  These are either oral or in writing. Sometimes great particularity is required, and the truth of the matters presented must be supported by affidavit. Each kind of motion is dealt with as justice and expediency seem to require.”[2]

Definition of MOVE:

vb. (13c.) 1. To make an application (to a court) for a ruling order, or some other judicial action <the appellant moved the court for a new trial>.

Definition of MOVANT:

(1875) Someone who makes a motion to the court or deliberative body. – Formerly also spelled movent. – Also termed moving party mover.

Definition of APPLICATION:

“2. MOTION.”


(1811) A motion for equitable or legal relief sought
before a final decision.”

Types of Motions coming soon.


[1]: All definitions from: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: John C. Townes, Studies in American Elementary Law
621 (1911).

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