Pretrial Motions Pertaining to Discovery:

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discovery – a means for providing a party, in advance of trail, with access to facts that are within the knowledge of the other side, to enable the party to better try her case.  The primary discovery devices are interrogatories, depositions, requests for admissions, and requests for production.

Pretrial Motions Pertaining to Discovery:

(pretrial) motion to compel discovery –force the opponent to procure all evidence they plan to present during the proceedings.

motion to suppress – prohibit the introduction of illegally obtained evidence at a criminal trial.

omnibus motion –  in criminal cases, a defense pretrial motion to suppress inadmissible evidence from being brought up during the trial.

motion in limine – pretrial request that certain inadmissible evidence not be referred to or offered at trial.

motion to dismiss for failure to prosecute – dismiss case if prosecution cannot proceed, as when a critical witness or crucial evidence is missing & speedy trial deadline has passed.

motion for protective order – request the court protect you from a potentially abusive action by the other party, often pertaining to suppressing damaging evidence.

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