General motion practice is governed by
MCR 2.119 and
LCR 2.119. Procedure may vary by judge. It is recommended that you
contact the chambers of the assigned judge with specific questions. Some judges may have posted procedures.
MCR 2.119(A)(2) requires that a
brief accompany any motion presenting an issue of law. An original and judge's copy of the motion, and the brief, must be filed with the court. Motions and responses must be filed on the opposing party as required by
Efiling is an important part of the motion practice and is governed by
Administrative Order 2007-3 and
Administrative Order 2010-3. Motions filed on Civil cases and on Divorces Without Children (DO) cases must file motions and supporting documents electronically via the State of Michigan
MiFILE eFiling system. For more information on the efiling program, see Oakland County's
In addition, in order to schedule a motion on the judge's docket the moving party must file a certified praecipe as required by
LCR 2.119(B) at least seven days prior to the hearing or as ordered by the Court. An
electronic praecipe is required on all efiling cases, but can be used voluntarily on all other case types.