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Superior Court of California – Los Angeles

Filing instructions are a presentation of the rules and requirements of general applicability set out in statutes, statewide civil rules and local rules that govern the filing of documents, electronically, traditionally, or by fax, in a particular court.

United States District Court Central District of California

Generally applicable rules and formatting are the rules and requirements of general applicability set out in statutes, statewide civil rules and local rules that govern the presentation of documents and other matters in courts of law for each jurisdiction.

United States District Court District of District of Columbia

A subpoena is a command issued by a court obligating a person within its jurisdiction to appear at a certain time and place for the purpose of providing evidence in a pending matter. A subpoena ad testificandum compels a witness to appear and give testimony. A subpoena duces tecum compels a witness to appear, produce records or tangible items, and give testimony.

District of Columbia Superior Court

A complaint, called a petition in some jurisdictions, is a pleading that initiates a lawsuit by setting forth claims for relief and a prayer for damages. The complaint alleges defendants’ wrongful conduct and sets forth plaintiff’s claims or causes of action. Valid service of process of a complaint and summons is required to commence defendants’ obligation to respond to the lawsuit.

United States District Court Eastern District of New York

A motion is a request to the court for relief. A motion may be made in a pending matter, or in some cases may be served concurrently with a complaint. Motion practice is governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and local rules in United States District Court, and by statutes, statewide civil rules and local rules in state court. Motions must comply with timing, form and content requirements. They usually are accompanied by briefs, memoranda of law or ‘points and authorities’ that set forth the facts and legal authorities on which the request for relief is based.

Superior Court of New Jersey Essex County

A motion to dismiss asks the court to dismiss one or more of the plaintiff’s claims or causes of action. In United States District Court and most state court jurisdictions, a motion to dismiss, or ‘Rule 12(b)’ motion must be made before pleading if a responsive pleading is allowed. Often, motions to dismiss are made on the grounds that plaintiff’s complaint fails to state a cause of action upon which relief can be granted, although other grounds exist. A motion to dismiss must be based solely on matters contained in the pleading at issue, if matters outside the pleading are presented, most jurisdictions will convert it to a motion for summary judgment. The moving party will also likely argue that the plaintiff should not be granted leave to amend the pleading in question.

Supreme Court Of The State Of New York – New York County

An answer is a written pleading filed by a defendant to respond to a complaint. An answer generally responds to each allegation in the complaint by denying or admitting it, or admitting in part and denying in part. Some jurisdictions permit a ‘general denial,’ denying everything. An answer also usually presents affirmative defenses, legal theories intended to defend against the claims in the complaint. An answer must be filed with the court and served within a specific statutory time or the defendant risks the entry of a default judgment.

United States District Court Eastern District of Washington

An opposition to a motion for discovery sanctions requests that the court refuse to impose sanctions on the opposing party. The opposition must show that there was a valid reason for refusing to comply with the requested discovery. Common arguments include that the request was overbroad, unduly burdensome, and not likely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. If the motion to compel is granted, the party must show that the refusal to comply was in good faith. Opposition papers are usually supported by a statement of facts, a legal brief or memorandum with citations to legal authority, and if necessary, exhibits, declarations, and affidavits.

United States District Court District of Connecticut

A reply in support of a motion for continuance asks the court to grant the continuance as requested by the moving party. Reply papers will seek to refute the factual and/or legal arguments made in the opposition papers. They may also seek to strengthen the moving party’s position with new arguments, although some jurisdictions request that reply papers be limited to refuting arguments made by the opposing party.

United States District Court District of Arizona

Requests for admission are a written discovery tool propounded by one party to a lawsuit on another party to the lawsuit. Requests for admission usually present an assertion of fact and ask the opposing party to admit or deny the assertion. Requests for admission also often seeks admissions as to the genuineness of documents. In this case, the propounding party is usually required to provide a copy of the document in question.


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