What Happens At a Motion Hearing?

Typically at a motion hearing, the court (meaning the judge) invites each side to make an oral argument, although typically the court does not want to hear a repetition of everything that was included in the written motion being heard. Most often the court has already made a decision on the motion and thus announces that decision at the hearing and then makes any additional rulings, as required, as a result of the effect of that ruling. If the judge has not yet made a decision, he/she may decide to defer the ruling until a later date and take it under advisement. The parties will then leave and await the issuance of the court’s ruling at a later date.