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An Introduction to Summary Judgment in Civil Cases


A summary judgment is a procedural maneuver to dispose of a civil case and avoid a jury trial. A summary judgment, or judgment as a matter of law, is appropriate when there is no dispute regarding the material facts in a civil case. Any party in a civil lawsuit that is entitled to judgment under the laws of the jurisdiction where the lawsuit was filed may file a motion for summary judgment. There are even instances when the parties of a lawsuit agree to jointly file a motion for summary judgment. The judge in a civil case may also independently decide that summary judgment is the most appropriate way to dispose of a case. Download this white paper for an overview of summary judgments in civil cases.

Learning Objectives

- Understand what summary judgments are.

- Review when and why they are necessary.

- Learn what considerations are made when deciding whether to support summary judgments.




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