In civil litigation, the purpose of a trial is for either a jury or the judge to decide facts that are in dispute. If the plaintiff's story differs from that of the defendant, the trier of fact the judge or jury must decide which story is more likely to be true, and rule in that party's favor. Parties file motions for summary judgment, requesting judgment in their favor without a trial, when either there is no dispute as to the material facts, or the other side cannot prove their claims or defenses. In the Memorandum, the party filing the motion will lay out the legal elements of his or her claim or defense and make the argument that there is enough undisputed or indisputable evidence to support that claim or defense. The party filing the motion will attach affidavits, deposition testimony, and other evidence as exhibits to the Memorandum. The filer need not show that the parties agree on every fact in the case.
What is a Summary Judgment?
Summary Judgement: What Is It & How It Applies in Personal Injury Law?
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When Opposing a Summary Judgment Motion, Don’t Forget to Object to your Opponent’s Evidence
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It is often said that from the moment that an attorney begins to prepare a complaint or an answer, he or she should also begin to prepare a closing argument to deliver at trial. The possibility of summary judgment should command similar attention — a lawyer should have summary judgment in mind from the outset of litigation. While state-court experiences can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it is generally understood that federal courts are very receptive to well-founded motions for summary judgment, and many cases are resolved through the entry of summary judgment.