Motion Meaning in the U.S. Court System

A request by a litigant to a judge for a decision on an issue relating to the case.

Meaning of Motion in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Motion published by the National Association for Court Management: Oral or written request made by a party to an action before, during, or after a trial, upon which a court issues a ruling or order.

Meaning of Motion in Spanish

Description/ translation of motion into Spanish: instancia, petición (que hace al juez o al tribunal alguna de las partes en el curso del proceso); upon motion of the prosecuting attorney: a instancia del fiscal; motion to supress: instar la desestimación de una prueba; motion to set aside: instar la inadmisión; to file a motion with the Court: interesar del tribunal, instar al tribunal; motion denied: denegar, desestimar la instancia/ petición; motion granted: acceder a la petición/ instancia; motion to quash: instancia de anulación; motion to sever: instancia que hace la defensa al tribunal para obtener la separación de causas que están en principio acumuladas (bien por delitos de autores múltiples o bien por multiplicidad de acusaciones)[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where motion belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Motion published by Antonio Peñaranda

Motion (Civil Judicial Process)





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