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LCrR 47.1 Dispositive motions

47.1      Dispositive motions

  1. Definition - Dispositive motions are motions to dismiss or quash an indictment or information made by the defendant, to suppress evidence in a case, to involuntarily dismiss an action, and other dispositive motions as defined by law.
  2. Briefs
    1. Length - Briefs filed in support of or in opposition to a dispositive motion that are produced on a computer shall not exceed ten thousand eight hundred (10,800) words, to include headings, footnotes, citations and quotations. Not to be included in the word count limit are the case caption, cover sheets, any table of contents, any table of authorities, the signature block, attachments, exhibits, affidavits and other addenda. Any such brief that is hand-written or produced on a typewriter shall not exceed twenty-five (25) pages in length, similarly including and excluding items previously identified.
    2. Certificate of compliance - The brief must be accompanied by a certificate of compliance, indicating the number of words in the document as defined by LCrR 47.1(b)(i), as well as the name and version of the word processing software that was used to generate the word count. The word count provided by the word processing software used to create the brief may be relied upon for purposes of the certificate of compliance.
    3. Courtesy copy - The court may require one paper courtesy copy of all dispositive motion papers, including responses, replies and all accompanying exhibits, which must be submitted directly to the presiding judge’s chambers. It shall consist of a printed copy of the document after filing (with the header), and a notice of electronic filing (NEF) must be attached to the front of the paper. Any exhibits must be properly tabbed and all papers presented as required by LCrR 49.3. The courtesy copy must be hand delivered or sent via first class mail to chambers within twenty-four (24) hours of filing the original.
    4. References and supporting documents - References to the record shall comply with LCrR 49.11. Exhibits and attachments in support of or in opposition to a motion shall comply with LCrR 49.10(d)(vii)(B).
  3. Briefing schedule - Unless otherwise ordered, any party opposing a dispositive motion shall, within twenty-eight (28) days after service of the motion, file a responsive brief and any supporting materials. The court may permit or require further briefing.
  4. Oral argument - Any party desiring oral argument shall include a request for oral argument in the caption and the heading of the party's brief. In its discretion, the court may schedule oral argument or may dispose of the motion without argument.
Date Last Modified: 
January 1, 2019