INSTRUCTIONS : MOTION
(USE PAGES 1 and 2 ONLY)
A motion is a legal pleading filed in a court case that makes a request of the court for any number of reasons. Motion practice is used in both civil cases and criminal cases, but the types of motions use are very different depending on the type of case and the stage of litigation.
In this case, we are using the motion example used in the state of Massachusetts for a family or probate case. Examples of motions can also be found online or through legal help services.
The first step for filling out your motion is to determine what type of motion you need to file.
1. You must include the case caption information on the top of the motion, indicating the court and docket number for the case.
2. Next, you must fill in the case name, putting the plaintiff’s name first and then the defendant name or names in the box under the “V.”.
3. In the lines to the right of the case name, you must identify the type of motion that you are filing. In this case, we could file any number of family law motions depending on the type of case and the stage of litigation it is in.
4. Next, you will identify whether you are the plaintiff, defendant, petitioner, or respondent in the matter, and check the corresponding box with your name.
5. In the next lines, you are to write the reasons for your motion and support why you believe you are entitled to approval of the motion. You may need to add additional information, which you can attach in supplemental pages.
6. You must sign your name with your contact information at the end of the motion. If you are a lawyer, you will put your lawyer identification number in the B.B.O # line.
7. On page 2, you must fill in all of the same case caption information as the first sheet.
8. You will then need to supply the names and addresses of all defendants involved in the case.
9. You must then certify that the motion has been delivered to each defendant and indicate the method of notice that you provided.
Once completed, you must file a copy with the court. An approval or denial will be sent back to you in the next court cycle.