A motion to reinstate is a legal filing to request that a matter be reopened. Many courts provide blank paperwork that people can fill out to file this type of motion and such a motion can also be drafted by a lawyer. In addition to reinstatements, there are other measures that people can use to bring a legal matter back into court for further consideration. In all cases, the person filing the motion must be able to show cause or the motion will be denied.
A common reason to file a motion to reinstate is to bring a case back into court after it has been dismissed or dropped if a party feels that he was not given fair warning. A motion to reinstate can also be used to reinitiate a case that both parties agreed to drop and later decide they want to pursue again. In these cases, the legal filing is used to persuade the judge that the case should be returned to court for a hearing.
Reasons presented with a motion to reinstate can vary. Sometimes, they are provided as a matter of procedure and the judge intends to grant the motion anyway, so people can be brief and simple. In other cases, some thought may need to be involved and a lawyer may be recommended to help people develop and articulate compelling reasons to reinstate a case.
It is important to confirm that the legal filing contains all of the information required by the court. Using a form produced by the court can be helpful with this, as it has fields for all the data the court will need. Court clerks, if they are not busy, may look over motions filed with them at the time of a filing if the motions are short to confirm that they are accurate and complete and if they are not, they will be returned for refiling. People should also take note when they file the motion to ensure that the clerk does indeed receive and record the motion so that it will not be lost in the shuffle.
It is also possible to appeal a decision to dismiss a case. If the appeal is granted, the case will be reopened and heard in court. Another option is a motion for reconsideration, asking the judge to rethink a legal decision reached in a case that has concluded. Such motions are used to argue that the judgment should be altered or amended.