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Subject: Rule 74 - Rules of Civil Procedure - Rules Governing Civil Procedure in the Circuit Courts - Judgments Orders and Proceedings Thereon Publication / Adopted Date:May 22, 1987
Topic:Summary JudgmentRevised / Effective Date:July 1, 2008

74.04. Summary Judgment

(a) For Claimant. At any time after the expiration of thirty days from the commencement of the action or after service of a motion for summary judgment by the adverse party, a party seeking to recover upon a claim, counterclaim, or cross-claim or to obtain a declaratory judgment may move with or without supporting affidavits for a summary judgment upon all or any part of the pending issues.

(b) For Defending Party. At any time, a party against whom a claim, counterclaim, or cross-claim is asserted or a declaratory judgment is sought may move with or without supporting affidavits for a summary judgment as to all or any part of the pending issues.

(c) Motions and Proceedings Thereon.
(d) Case Not Fully Adjudicated on Motion. If on motion under this Rule 74.04 judgment is not entered upon the whole case or for all the relief asked and a trial is necessary, the court by examining the pleadings and the evidence before it, by interrogating counsel, and by conducting a hearing, if necessary, shall ascertain, if practicable, what material facts exist without substantial controversy and what material facts are actually and in good faith controverted. The court shall thereupon make an order specifying the facts that appear without substantial controversy, including the extent to which the amount of damages or other relief is not in controversy, and directing such further proceedings in the action as are just. Upon the trial of the action the facts so specified shall be deemed established, and the trial shall be conducted accordingly.

(e) Form of Affidavit. Supporting and opposing affidavits shall be made on personal knowledge, shall set forth such facts as would be admissible in evidence, and shall show affirmatively that the affiant is competent to testify to the matters stated therein. Sworn or certified copies of all papers or parts thereof referred to in an affidavit shall be attached thereto or served therewith.

(f) When Affidavits Are Unavailable. Should it appear from the affidavits of a party opposing the motion that for reasons stated in the affidavits facts essential to justify opposition to the motion cannot be presented in the affidavits, the court may refuse the application for judgment or may order a continuance to permit affidavits to be obtained or depositions to be taken or discovery to be had or may make such other order as is just.

(g) Affidavit Made in Bad Faith. Should it appear to the satisfaction of the court at any time that any affidavit presented pursuant to this Rule 74.04 is presented in bad faith or solely for the purpose of delay, the court shall forthwith order the party presenting it to pay to the other party the amount of the reasonable expenses that the filing of the affidavit caused the other party to incur, including reasonable attorney's fees, and any offending party or attorney may be adjudged guilty of contempt.

(Adopted May 22, 1987, eff. Jan. 1, 1988. Amended June 1, 1993, eff. Jan. 1, 1994; Sept. 28, 1993, eff. Jan. 1, 1994; February 27, 2002, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; Amended Dec. 18, 2007, eff. July 1, 2008)