2Check the local local rules.Some Courts may still have extra "guidelines" regarding law and motion practice in general or motions to strike in particular.
3The motion must be made within specified time periods.For a motion to strike a complaint this time period is 30 days unless you obtain an agreement to extend from opposing counsel. (C.C.P. ? 435(b)). Therefore, if you are bringing a motion to strike a complaint, it must be brought when your answer would otherwise be due. Because of this requirement, if you wish to obtain an extension of time to respond to a complaint make sure you use the word "respond" in your confirming letter and not "answer." If you are bringing a motion to strike an answer, you must file your motion within ten days. (C.C.P. ? 435(b), CRC 329). If you are bringing a motion to strike a demurrer it must be filed within nine court days before the hearing on the demurrer and must be set for hearing concurrently with the demurrer. (C.C.P. ? 435(b), 1005).
4Make sure the motion is based on proper grounds.The motion may be brought only to strike for the following reasons: a. To strike "irrelevant, false or improper matter inserted in any pleading" b. To strike a pleading or part of a pleading "not drawn or filed in conformity with the laws of this state, a court rule or order of court." (C.C.P. ? 436). This includes striking an unverified answer to a verified complaint. c. If the case is a limited civil case, motions to strike are only permitted only to strike damages or relief sought that are not supported by the allegations of the complaint. (C.C.P. ? 92(d)(e)).
5Check the timing of the hearing.Additional days should be added depending on the method of service. (See C.C.P. ? 1005). If the motion is set concurrently with a demurrer, the date set for hearing cannot be more than 35 days from filing or the first available court date thereafter. (CRC 325(b)).
6Double Check the Notice of Motion.The Notice of Motion must set forth exactly what the moving party seeks to strike. If you wish to strike the entire pleading, say so. If you wish to strike a particular numbered paragraph, clearly identify the paragraph. If the potion sought to be stricken is only a sentence or part of the pleading, the exact language must be quoted verbatim in the notice of motion preferably with a reference to the page and line numbers.