ORGANIZATION OF COURT
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Whenever you want something from the court, you write a letter to
it. The letter has a specialized format, namely a caption at the top
and particular spacing, etc., all according to the court rules. Letters
to the court have special names. They are called complaints,
actions, petitions, motions, briefs, points & authorities, proof of
service, etc. The court also writes letters to the parties. Letters
from the court are more flexible in format and are usually called
notices, minute orders, rulings, orders, judgments, etc.
Writing a letter to a court is always with a purpose. Why write the
letter if you don't want to accomplish something? The first letter to
the court is typically called a complaint, action, or petition. Later
letters are usually called motions, appeals, requests.
In an action at law all elements are present. In a complaint in
equity, the facts and law are missing and are provided later.
Typically, in a complaint in equity the actual facts are withheld and
presented later in discovery, a deposition, or at trial. But ultimately,
all elements must be present before a court can issue a judgment.