Motion Practice – Motion to Set Aside

One of the big parts of litigating a case is doing Law and Motion practice. In a nutshell, this is the process the parties use to ask the court to make a decision. The process of asking is called “moving the court” for a particular decision or result, hence the term “motion practice.” One kind of motion is called a Motion to Set Aside a judgement or order of some kind, including a default judgment. Under California state law, the governing statute is going to be Code of Civil Procedure section 473(b) which states as follows: "The court may, upon any terms as may be just, relieve a party or his or her legal representative from a judgment, dismissal, order, or other proceeding taken against him or her through his or her mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect. Application for this relief shall be accompanied by a copy of the answer or other pleading proposed to be filed therein, otherwise the application shall not be granted, and shall be made within a reasonable time, in no case exceeding six months, after the judgment, dismissal, order, or proceeding was taken. However, in the case of a judgment, dismissal, order, or other proceeding determining the ownership or right to possession of real or personal property, without extending the six-month period, when a notice in writing is personally served within the State of California both upon the party against whom the judgment, dismissal, order, or other proceeding has been taken, and upon his or her attorney of record, if any, notifying that party and his or her attorney of record, if any,...

City Municipal Code

Cities and counties will often pass their own laws in addition to the laws passed by the state and federal governments. The sign above is located near a restaurant in Modesto that I go to an alarmingly often. Under Title 3, Chapter 2, Article 8, section 808 of the Modesto City Municipal Code, rollerskating and skateboarding and, apparently, bicycle riding are all prohibited on certain property. The full text of 3-2.808 reads as follows (links are mine): “It shall be unlawful for any person upon roller skates or riding on or by means of a skateboard, coaster or similar device to go upon any roadway in the City or in any City-owned parking lot or City-owned parking structure or in the City of Modesto Transportation Center or in the City of Modesto Amtrak Station or upon the sidewalk in any business district as defined by Section 235 of the Vehicle Code of the State of California or any property of the Modesto City School District, Sylvan Unified School District or Empire Union School District. Provided, however, the Council may, by resolution, grant approval for the use of roadways, City-owned parking lots, City-owned parking structures, and sidewalks for organized skating events of community-wide interest and importance, and that the Public Works Director, or such persons as may be designated by the Director, may grant approval for use of City park parking lots for organized skating events of community-wide interest and importance. In granting such approval, the Council and the Director or the Director’s designee may impose such conditions, restrictions and requirements as they deem necessary or desirable in order to...