Summary Judgment

Summary Judgment

Learn about the concept and mechanics of summary judgments, a device by which a court issues judgment on the merits of a case without trial, but only if there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.


Welcome to Summary Judgment!

First, we’ll introduce you to the basic concept behind summary judgment. Then, we’ll delve into the burden-shifting framework that governs the ultimate outcome of any summary judgment motion, which works a little bit like a tennis match. Lastly, we’ll go over some important miscellaneous points.

I. Basic concept

Generally speaking, “summary judgment” is judgment without trial. See Black’s Law Dictionary (9th Ed. 2009), summary judgment; see also Fed. R. Civ. P....