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or You may have read in the newspaper that a lawyer made a motion to compel. What does that mean? Basically it is a request by an attorney that the judge take action to force someone or an attorney to do something. A 'motion is nothing more than a formal written request to the court to take action. A request to 'compel' simply means that you are trying to get someone to do something that they didn't want to do. This will typically arise when one side refuses to turn over documents or evidence or produce a witness for a question and answer session known as a deposition. This request usually happens before trial. If the trial is already underway, the request will be made outside the presence of the jury. The reason it is done outside the presence of the jury is because the jury plays no part in making decisions about the law. Rather, the judge is the only one who has the final say about whether an attorney or a party to the case must turn over information.Watch the video to learn more. To learn even more about how negligence cases, accident cases and medical malpractice cases work in NY, I urge you to explore my educational website http If you have legal questions pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207, or send me an email: I can answer your questions; that's what I do every day and I welcome your call. The Law Office of Gerald Oginski, LLC 25 Great Neck Rd., Suite 4 Great Neck NY 11021 516-487-8207