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Motion to Stay Lower Court Action

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A “motion to stay lower court action” is a legal request asking an appellate court to halt proceedings in a lower court while an appeal is pending.


To file a motion to stay lower court action, the party must comply with the appellate court’s rules and timelines. They must provide a valid reason for seeking the stay, such as the appeal having a likelihood of success and the lower court’s proceedings potentially affecting the outcome of the appeal. The motion must be filed in the appellate court where the appeal is pending.

How to Draft

When drafting a motion to stay lower court action, the moving party should clearly state the reasons for the request. They should explain the legal basis for the stay and how the lower court’s proceedings could adversely affect the outcome of the appeal. The motion should include any relevant legal arguments, supporting documents, and a proposed order for the court’s consideration.


Once the motion is drafted, it should be filed with the court clerk, and copies should be served to all parties involved in the case. Some jurisdictions may require a hearing on the motion, and proper notice must be given to all parties.


In conclusion, filing a motion to stay lower court action is a crucial step for parties seeking to protect their rights and the integrity of the appellate process. By understanding the requirements, carefully drafting the motion, and following the proper filing procedures, parties can increase their chances of success in their legal proceedings.