A Conceptual Approach to California Summary Judgment

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iUniverse, Jun 27, 2012 - Law - 84 pages
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Summary judgment is a sophisticated and important procedural device; in A Conceptual Approach to California Summary Judgment, author Thomas Kallay provides a detailed analysis and explanation of how this procedure is used in California.

Kallay identifies its fundamental components and concepts and shows how these interact with each other. This study also explores the relationship of California summary judgment to other procedural devices. It discusses:

direct, circumstantial, and admissible evidence;
the presentation of evidence;
material and ultimate facts;
the burden of the moving party and opposing party;
evaluation of opponents evidence;
evenly balanced influences;
summary adjudication;
summary judgment, directed verdict, and the constitution;
the burdens of production and persuasion;
the appeal.

Geared toward law students and lawyers, A Conceptual Approach to California Summary Judgment provides a comprehensive overview of this significant component of California law.

The cornerstone of summary judgment is evidence. First, both the party moving for summary judgment and the opponent of the motion must rely on evidence. Second, the court must determine the motion based on the evidence presented.

The courts have held from time to time that the parties to a motion for summary judgment must rely on evidentiary facts. This is another way of saying that the parties and the court must rely on admissible evidence.

With one exception, evidence for the purposes of summary judgment is no different from evidence presented at trial.


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Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
Admissible Evidence
The Means by Which Evidence Is Presented in Summary Judgment
Material and Ultimate Facts
The Statement of Material Undisputed Facts
The Burden of the Moving Party
The Burden of the Opposing Party
The Evaluation of the Opponents Evidence
When the Inferences Are Evenly Balanced
Summary Adjudication
Summary Judgment Directed Verdict and the Constitution
The Burdens of Production and Persuasion
The Appeal
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About the author (2012)

Thomas Kallay has been a member of the California Bar since 1963. He has practiced law as a civil litigator and has worked for the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles as a judicial attorney. Kallay has published several articles dealing with California civil procedure.

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