motion to strike

motion to strike
1) A request that the judge eliminate all or part of the other party's pleading.
2) A request that the judge order evidence deleted from the court record and instruct the jury to disregard it. Typically, this request is made regarding testimony by a witness in court.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

motion to strike
   a request for a judge's order to eliminate all or a portion of the legal pleading (complaint, answer) of the opposition on any one of several grounds. It is often used in an attempt to have an entire cause of action removed ("stricken") from the court record. A motion to strike is also made orally during trial to ask the judge to order "stricken" answers by a witness in violation of rules of evidence (laws covering what is admissible in trial). Even though the jury is admonished to ignore such an answer or some comment, the jury has heard it, and "a bell once rung, cannot be unrung."
   See also: motion, strike

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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