Jacksonville Bar Association

Motion Practice

  1. Lawyers should avoid unnecessary motion practice or other judicial intervention by negotiating and agreeing with other counsel whenever practicable.  For example, before setting for hearing a non-dispositive motion, counsel shall make a reasonable effort to resolve the issue.
  2. A lawyer should not force an adversary to make a motion and then not oppose it.
  3. After a hearing, the attorney charged with preparing the proposed order should prepare it promptly, generally no later than the following business day, unless it should be submitted immediately to the court.  The order fairly and adequately must represent the ruling of the court.
  4. Before submitting a proposed order to the court, attorneys should provide the order to opposing counsel for approval, either orally or in writing.  Opposing counsel then promptly should communicate any objections.  As soon as objections are made, the drafting attorney immediately should submit a copy of the proposed order to the court and advise the court whether the proposed order has been approved by opposing counsel.

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