Sample Motion for Directed Verdict for Eviction in California

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This sample motion for directed verdict for an unlawful detainer (eviction) case in California is filed pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sections 630 and 1177. The sample requests an order directing entry of a verdict for the defendant on the grounds that giving to Plaintiff's evidence all the value to which it is legally entitled, including all reasonable and logical inferences that may be drawn from that evidence, as a matter of law there is no substantial evidence to support a verdict for Plaintiff on the sole cause of action for unlawful detainer and thus such evidence is wholly insufficient to warrant submission of the case to the jury. The sample has been updated and revised as of February 1, 2018, is 15 pages and includes brief instructions, a memorandum of points and authorities with citations to case law and statutory authority, sample declaration and proposed order granting motion for directed verdict. The author is a freelance paralegal who has worked in California and Federal litigation since 1995 and has used this sample for many years. Note that the author is NOT an attorney and no guarantee or warranty is provided.