Evidence: Motion in Limine Resources

LAW 6330 (4 credits)
Professor Pedro A. Malavet

Bibliography: Subject:  Motion in Limine

By LIC Interim Director Rick Donnelly

Please take advantage of our library resources, which include the assistance of our research librarians.


1. Federal Practice and Procedure  (Wright and Graham)

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  • REFERENCE (Note: REFERENCE collection is shelved near the Reference Desk and restrooms, 1st floor)
  • See:  Sections 5037.10 – 5037.18

2. Bender’s Federal Practice Forms

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  • See: Volume 19, Evidence Rules, Article 1, and General Provisions. Comment followed by example forms.

3. Nichols Cyclopedia of Federal Procedure Forms

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  • See:  Volume 2, FORMS: Motions Relating to Trial, Section 57A.13, “Motion in Limine.”  Page 226.

4. Moore’s Federal Practice, 3d.

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  •  See: Volume 3, Section 16.77 [4] [d] [i], "Evidentiary Motions in Limine.”

5. West’s Federal Forms

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  • See: Volume 5A, Sections 8109-8115.


Westlaw/Westlaw Next

  • In the WestlawNext search field, entering, “motion in limine,” produces several hits including, Secondary Sources, which links to the publication, Federal Practice and Procedure, and numerous other sources.
  • NEW: A short video tutorial on how to use WestlawNext to get forms and other materials on Motions In Limine: http://vimeo.com/uflic/evidence by Research Librarian Jennifer Wondracek.


  • In, Manual of Federal Practice: Forms, search field, enter, “motion in limine.”  The hits resulting include both commentary and forms.




A typical federal motion looks roughly like this:








  student name] [1]


In the United States District Court

For the district of Colorado

denver division [2]


[Case Title] [3]

                     The United States,


                                          vs.                                                            Criminal No. 2003-192 [4]


                             John Smith,






[Document Title] [5] MOtion in Limine
You might add Specific purpose: e.g. “To Admit ...” Or “To Exclude ...”]


[Opening] [6]


[Body of the Document: What you want to say/argue]]


[Prayer] [7]







[Certificate of Service] [8]


[Counsel’s Signature, Address and Telephone Number.] [9]









[1] In some courts, counsel must include name, address, telephone number and identify the client at the top of the first page of any filing, as an administrative convenience.

[2] The positioning of the court designation in the document varies from state to state and even among the Federal Judicial Districts. But, somewhere on the first page, the party must identify the court before which the action is pending. I have chosen the district of Colorado, because the US Air Force Academy is in that state. I randomly selected Denver as venue.

[3] In the complaint, the case title must include the names of every party, plaintiff or defendant. Thereafter, a shortened case title is used. In our example this is not a problem, but imagine a case with hundreds of parties. (The title of amended complaints in the DuPont fire case listed all parties and took up hundreds of pages). In a criminal case, it is the State or the People, or the People of the  United States vs. defendant(s).

[4] The case number is assigned by the clerk of the court. The designations typically will indicate if the case is a civil or criminal matter. Other sub-categories may also be used, depending on local practice. The number usually includes the last two digits of the year in which the matter is filed, followed by the assigned number.

[5] The document title is sometimes placed to the right of the case title, this depends of local court practice. It is never placed before the court designation.

[6] The opening tells the court which party appears before it to request something. For example: “NOW COMES the defendant, John Smith, through his undersigned counsel, and to the court respectfully states and prays:”

[7] Most legal documents request that the court do something, even if it is simply to take notice of the information therein contained. The most common exception are discovery documents, which are usually addressed to opposing parties.

[8] In the civil context, the complaint will generally be the only document in a case file without a certificate of service. In this context, service means to give notice of the filing to the other party. It generally means providing opposing counsel with a copy of the document by personal deliver or by mail. However, when you file a complaint, you generally do not know who opposing counsel will be, and, absent a stipulation regarding service, you the party must be officially summoned. Notice of the complaint is accomplished by summons. Rule 5(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, governs service of documents filed after the complaint. Please note that service by mail or messenger service is generally acceptable.

[9] Some courts require that each document include the bar number of the attorney who signs it. In any case, counsel is generally required to include her name, mailing address and telephone numbers in the motion.