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FIling a Lawsuit in Ohio: Motion Practice


After the complaint and answer are filed, the parties can begin filing motions. A motion is when you ask the court to rule in your favor on some subject in the case. Except for motions made during a hearing or during trial, motions are required to be in writing. They must also be filed in court and served on the opposing party’s attorney (or the party if not represented by counsel). If the motion is contested, the opposing attorneys will also file papers opposing the motion. The written documents often are followed by a brief court hearing before the judge rules on the motion,. 



Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure