How can I enter motions related to my search?

You can enter the motion (or motions) that are relevant to your current legal research. The Motions field opens right below the question field, either when you starts typing a question, or by clicking the black drop-down arrow to the left of the question field.

What type of motions can I enter?

ROSS supports many motions, and it can help you find the ones you need. Just start typing your motions, such as motion to and ROSS will provide suggestions for how to complete the rest, e.g. by autocompleting it to motion to dismiss. The ROSS suggestions are based on the most common motions in its comprehensive corpus of United States case law. 

If ROSS does not find the motion you are looking for, it will not suggest an autocomplete. In such instance, please contact us, via live chat, for the motion to be added to the list of supported motions.

Which motions are supported?

See the current list in our List of Available Motions on ROSS FAQ.  This list will be updated on an ongoing basis, as more motions are discovered.

Can I enter more than one motion?

Yes. You can enter up to 4 motions per query. 

Can I enter only Motions, without a question?

No. Although motions are optional, it is always mandatory to enter a question as part of your legal research.

Does adding motions affect my answer?

  1. In the Answer card, passages that include the matching motions are presented with the “Motion Match” button. Clicking on it, you can review the passages in the case law that found matching motions.
  2. In the Full Case view, passages that have matching motions are highlighted in the case, as well as in the Highlighted Passages pane on the right. These are ordered in the way they appear in the case, and you can click on each one of them to be redirected to that paragraph.

Do matching motions influence the order that answer cards are returned?

Yes.  If found, cases with matching motions would rank higher than other cases and appear closer to the top of the list (this might be affected by other search criteria, such as facts, cases that are highly cited, deep matching, etc.)

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