Motion Practice Law and Legal Definition

A motion practice is a request for relief from the court. Motion is a procedural device in law to bring a limited but contested issue before a court for decision. Motions may be made at any point in administrative, criminal, or civil proceedings. Motions may be made in the form of an oral request in open court, which is then summarily granted or denied orally. The party requesting the motion may be called the movant, or may simply be the moving party. The party opposing the motion is the nonmovant or nonmoving party.