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What is the difference between and order and motion?

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"Order Setting Aside and Vacating Default Judgement" and "Motion to Set Aside and Vacate Default Judgement"

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A motion requests the court to decide a question.
The Order is the decision by the Court on the question.

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Kevin Samuel Sullivan

Kevin Samuel Sullivan


very well put Mike


A motion to set aside is a reqest to the court by the moving party that the court set aside and vacate the judgment. An order setting aside and vacating default judgment will occur if the court grants the motion. Once the order is issued, the default judgment will be set aside and the case will be restored to civil active list. If the motion is denied, the default judgment will stand.

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A motion is a request for relief. an order is the response granting or denying the requested relief.

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A party makes a motion that requests certain action by the Court. In response to the motion, the Court will make an Order.

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