Definition - What does Motion mean?

A motion is when a person asks the judge to make a decision or provide a ruling about a particular thing that is relevant to a legal proceeding.

There are many different things that a person may motion for; for example, if an attorney believes that a trial was unfair, they may motion for a new trial.

Justipedia explains Motion

After a motion has been made, it is up to the judge to decide whether or not it will be approved or denied. Whether or not the judge approves it depends on the legal implications of the motion. If the judge believes that the motion is legally sound and is well justified, then they may grant it. However, if the motion is not legally sound, or is completely irrelevant, then the judge is likely to deny it.

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