Step 1: Fill out your paperwork and file
Start with the motion. Choose the right one for your situation from the forms section below. Here are some tips to help you with your motion:
- Type or clearly print the motion. Use short sentences. Make your motion easy to read to help the judge understand it.
- Title the motion to say what you want the court to order. For example, if you need to ask the court to change discovery deadlines in your case, you can call your motion "Motion to Change Discovery Deadlines."
- Say what you want and why you want it. Include relevant details that support what you are asking for. Be clear about what you want the judge to order.
- Cite any statutes, ordinances, rules, or appellate opinions that support your arguments.
- You can request a hearing as part of the motion. The judge might grant the request for hearing or might decide the motion based on the papers without a hearing.
- Most motions can be up to 15 double-spaced pages. If you aren't sure abut the page limits, read Utah Rule of Civil Procedure 7(q).
- Because you are the party filing the motion, you are the "moving party." The other party is sometimes called the "opposing party."
Aftere you fill out the motion, be sure to also fill out a Notice of Hearing. You can try contacting the court to get help scheduling your hearing and filling out the Notice of Hearing.
File both the motion and the Notice of Hearing with the court.
If you do not file a Notice of Hearing, the court might not schedule your hearing. If there is no hearing scheduled, the commissioner will never read your motion.
Are you filing exhibits with your motion? If yes, read more about exhibits below.
Step 2: Serve the other parties in your case
If you know the other parties in your case agree with your motion, ask them to sign your motion and write down that they agree with what you are asking for in your motion.
If the other parties do not agree, you will need to have them served with the papers.
Step 3: Wait, respond to any other paperwork, and attend the hearing
If the other party files a Memorandum Opposing the Motion, you may file a Reply Memorandum Supporting the Motion, but only to respond to something being raised for the first time in the opposing memorandum. Choose the right one for your situation from the forms section below.
The court will schedule a hearing. Be sure to attend. See our page on Going to Court for more information.
If you need help with the order, read about orders below.
The chart below has more information about when papers should be filed. If the responding party files a counter motion, you can see more timelines below.
|Documents||Who Files||Time to File and Serve|
|Motion||Moving party||Serve at least 28 days before the hearing|
|Memorandum Opposing the Motion||Responding party||At least 14 days before the hearing|
|Reply Memorandum Supporting the Motion||Moving party||At least 7 days before the hearing|
|Counter Motion Documents||Who Files||Time to File and Serve|
|Counter Motion (must be served with Memorandum Opposing the Motion||Responding party||At least 14 days before the hearing|
|Memorandum Opposing the Counter Motion||Original moving party||At least 7 days before the hearing|
|Reply Memorandum Supporting the Counter Motion||Responding party||At least 3 business days before the hearing|