Motion To Strike Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Motion To Strike.

Motion to Strike (noun)

A 'Motion to Strike' is a formal request made by one party in a lawsuit to have specific portions of the opposing party's legal pleadings (such as complaints or responses) eliminated from the court record. The party making the motion argues that these elements are irrelevant, immaterial, insufficient in law, or otherwise inappropriate for consideration. If the judge agrees and grants the motion, the contentious portions are 'stricken' from the record and cannot be used as evidence or referred to during the trial. A 'Motion to Strike' can be presented orally or in written form, based on specific legal reasons.