What is "a motion to consolidate?"


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A motion to consolidate is a legal motion seeking to combine two separate cases into a single case. These motions can be brought up by the legal council representing either party in the cases, and they are accepted or rejected by the court hearing the cases.

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The cases in a motion to consolidate must have a single legal question or area of dispute in common. For example, a pending paternity case could be consolidated with a pending adoption case, but not with a case involving immigration. When cases are consolidated, the oldest pending case becomes the lead case, the one under which further evidence for all consolidated cases is filed.

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