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INSTRUCTIONS : MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

(PAGES 7 and 8 ONLY)


A motion for summary judgment is a legal pleading filed in a civil court case that makes a request of the court to rule on a legal or factual issue based upon the submitted legal documents.  This has the effect of halting a case before going to trial. 

In this case, we are using the motion for summary judgment example used in the state of New Jersey. Examples of motions can also be found online or through legal help services.  


1. The first step for filling out your motion for summary judgment is to include the case caption information on the top page of the motion, indicating the plaintiff’s name and contact information, followed by the defendant name or names and their contact information.  


2. Next, you will need to provide the court information, including the name of the court and the docket number of the case.


3. Next, indicate whether you want to request an oral argument for your summary judgment motion.  (Most summary judgment motions do not need oral argument, unless there is additional information you want to put in front of the judge that is not included on previous filings.)


4. In the next blank spaces, put the county name, address of the court, and the zip code, indicating where the case is being heard. 


5. Date and sign the second page, under the notification statement. 


6. You must next certify that service of the motion for summary judgment has been affected.  If you are affecting service, sign and fill out all of the mailing information.  If you use the service of a 3rd party, they must certify that they affected notice upon the opposing party and sign their names. 


7. Although not mandatory, you may attach additional pages indicating your reasons for summary judgment and any supporting information that will help the judge decide.  Each page must include a copy of a certification at the bottom, indicating that you have are certifying to the truth of the statements made in the motion.  


8. Once the summary judgment motion is completed and sent to opposing parties, you may submit the form to the court for which the case is being heard.  

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Pre-Trial Memo

Pre-Trial Memo

 

INSTRUCTIONS: CONNECTICUT PRETRIAL MEMO (Form JD-ES-47)

 

 

Prior to a Connecticut trial in which damages are being claimed, each party or their attorney claiming damages must file a form JD-ES-47. This document can be obtained from the website of the Connecticut Judicial Branch.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 1: In the first four blank boxes, enter the name of the plaintiff, the name of the first defendant, the name of this defendant's trial counsel and their phone number.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 2: In the next five blank boxes, enter the name of the plaintiff's trial counsel, their phone number, the name of the second defendant, the name of their trial counsel and their phone number.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 3: In the next five blank boxes, enter the name of the intervening trial counsel, their phone number, the name of the third defendant, the name of their trial counsel, and their phone number.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 4: In the next four blank boxes, enter the return date, the date a certificate of closed pleadings was filed, the type of claim filed and the trial date.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 5: In the next blank box, indicate with a check mark whether you have discussed alternative dispute resolution (A.D.R.) with your client.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 6: In the next blank box, indicate with a check mark whether your client has any objection to a referral to non-binding alternative dispute resolution.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 7: The next section concerns your claim. Enter the day and time of the accident, if applicable.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 8: Write a description of the claim.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 9: In the next blank box, write the intervenor's claim.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 10: In the next blank box, write the nature of the damages or demand.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 11: The remainder of the first page is an optional section to document medical expenses related to an accident or injury, if applicable.

 

Connecticut Pretrial Memo JD-ES-47 Step 12: At the top of the second page, indicate with a check mark whether discovery is complete, and enter the name of the preparer, their telephone number and the name of the party being represented. The remainder of the form will be completed by a judge or judge trial referee.

 

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