I am a plaintiff in a civil suit in California and some of the causes of action are not in dispute (def. was arrested and prosecuted). I thought that a plaintiff can file for a summary judgement or summary adjudication on some counts, and avoid trial. My lawyer says that only a defendant can file for a summary judgement. I know lawyers hate to hear this, but I have done my own research online and found countless instances of plaintiffs filing such a motion. I don't want to insult my lawyer, but why would she tell me that we cannot file this motion? I am trying to avoid a costly trial.