A motion is a formal request to the court to take action and do something.

JNOV are initials for a latin phrase known as judgment non-obstante verdicto.

What exactly does that mean?

It means at the end of the trial when the jury comes back with a verdict if the defense does not believe that the verdict was appropriate they will ask the judge to throw out the verdict as being against the weight of the evidence. They will argue that the verdict is not supported by the evidence and testimony in the case and as a result they will claim that the judge should have no other option but to dismiss the verdict.

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