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How do you format a motion to the courts?

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A motion to the courts should be formatted as a formal letter with the names of the plaintiff and defendant, the case file number and the case type, according to the Minnesota Judicial Branch. The motion should include information about what is being requested and reference supporting documents attached.

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The motion should include an explanation of what action the individual would like for the judge to take, reasons why the request is being made and specific examples and reasoning why the motion should be granted, explains the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Some courts also require that a proposed order is completed for the judge to sign if the motion order is approved.

Once the motion is complete and formatted, copies should be made to serve to the opposing party so the opposing party is aware of the date, time and place of the proposed hearing, according to the Minnesota Judicial Branch. This process is typically termed service of process and is governed by state statutes.

In many cases, an attorney can fill out and file the motion for individuals or a motion form can be downloaded from the judicial branch's website to file with the courts, explains the Minnesota Judicial Branch.

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