While each court has its own rules as to what it requires in motions, common elements include the parties' identities, the basis for the motion and the relief sought, the Shriver Center explains. Composing a motion requires knowledge of certain laws and the rules of the court, as courts govern the form of the motion, the content, timing and length.
All motions filed in California must clearly state the party bringing the motion, the identify of the parties the motion addresses and a brief basis for the motion, the Virtual Self-Help Law Center explains. The party bringing the motion must also clearly state relief sought. If the reason for the motion is to challenge a pleading, the motion should identify the portion of the pleading it challenges.
Attorneys and individuals representing themselves should ensure that they are familiar with the current orders of the court, and they should review the local laws and procedural rules outlined by the court, the Shriver Center advises. Memorandums of law and proposed orders commonly come with motions, so anyone preparing to write a motion should familiarize himself with those documents as well. Some motions include affidavits that attest to the facts that support the motion.