I reside in Contra Costa county and am being sued in San Joaquin County. I filed a motion to change venue. Plaintiff has filed an opposition that is only a two-page declaration of purported facts by Plaintiff without any accompanying legal argument. I would like to reply but am not sure how to do so. Do I reiterate my legal arguments or merely submit my own declaration in reply. It seems like I should be making an argument but, given the opposition filing, am not clear what argument to make beyond what has already been said in the motion. Should I explain that the declaration is my only source for reply (and the reason there is no new argument)? I am pro per but plaintiff is represented by counsel.
A reply to an opposition is not absolutely necessary. However, the reply is often the first document which the judge (or research attorney working for the judge) will look at to determine what issues are still in dispute.
Your reply, if you choose to file one, should NOT be a reiteration of what your motion states. Rather, the reply should be a response to the opposition. As such, the reply should normally consist of a memorandum of points and authorities, and might also include a reply declaration.
The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author (who is only admitted to practice law in the State of California). For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
Depends on the arguments and the pleadings. This is a legal strategy decision and if they're response was horrible I wouldn't waste my time responding.
This is just my opinion and not a comprehensive answer. You assume the risk because this answer may not apply to your situation depending on the facts.