Motion to Reconsider, Alter or Amend a Judgment in Virginia

What Is a Motion to Reconsider, Alter or Amend a Judgment?

Understanding the Purpose and Significance of a Motion Reconsider, Alter or Amend a Judgment

“Motions to reconsider are generally not favored." (See Everett v. Tawes (2019) 833 S.E.2d 876, 884; Hechler Chevrolet, Inc. v. General Motors Corp. (1985) 230 Va. 396, 403, 337 S.E.2d 744.)

“A motion to reconsider that seeks to vacate an interlocutory order is not to be exercised arbitrarily." (See id.)

"Usually, such motions are based upon error apparent on the face of the record, or for the purpose of introducing after-discovered evidence." (See id.)

“As to the former basis, the circuit court not only has the power, but it is its duty, to correct such apparent error.” (See id.)

Filing a Motion Reconsider, Alter or Amend a Judgment

“Indeed, a motion for reconsideration or to modify a judgment can be filed up to 21 days after judgment.” (See Haring v. The Bank of N.Y. Mellon, No. 0778-22-4, at *8 n.6 (Va. Ct. App. May 23, 2023; Va. R. Sup. Ct. 1:1(a).)

“This Rule, however, was not intended to limit, and in fact could not limit, the trial court's statutory authority to correct clerical errors in the judgment or errors therein arising from oversight or from an inadvertent omission. . . at any time . . ." (See Code Sec. 8.01-428(B); Dorn v. Dorn (1981) 222 Va. 288, 291.)

“Subject to limited exceptions, [a]t the expiration of that 21-day period, the trial court loses jurisdiction to disturb a final judgment, order, or decree.” (See Green v. Commonwealth, Record No. 1640-19-2, at *3 (Va. Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2020).)

Discretion of the Court in Deciding a Motion Reconsider, Alter or Amend a Judgment

"Motions to . . . reconsider a prior ruling involve matters wholly in the discretion of the trial court." (See Race v. Commonwealth, No. 0691-22-4, at *4 (Va. Ct. App. Dec. 29, 2022); Thomas v. Commonwealth (2013) 62 Va.App. 104, 109.)

"This standard requires the Court to show enough deference to a primary decision maker's judgment that the [reviewing] court does not reverse merely because it would have come to a different result in the first instance.” (See id; Commonwealth v. Davis (2021) 73 Va.App. 711, 717.)

“A trial court by definition abuses its discretion when it makes an error of law.” (See Griffin v. Griffin, Record No. 1791-11-4, at *5 (Va. Ct. App. May 29, 2012); Shooltz v. Shooltz (1998) 27 Va. App. 264, 271, 498 S.E.2d 437, 441.)

Legal Precedents and Case Law on a Motion Reconsider, Alter or Amend a Judgment

It is well settled that "a motion to reconsider ordinarily asks a court to reconsider a holding because, in the opinion of the movant, the holding was erroneous." (See Page v. Portsmouth Redevelopment & Hous. Auth., No. 0175-22-1, at *8 n.5 (Va. Ct. App. June 20, 2023); Wal-Mart Stores E., LP v. State Corp. Comm'n (2020) 299 Va. 57, 76.)

As such, it is also well settled that “a motion to reconsider may not request [the circuit court] to consider for the first time something the movant had never before specifically sought." (See id.)

Dockets for Motion to Reconsider, Alter or Amend a Judgment in Virginia

Filed

Jun 11, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Jun 11, 2024

Court

Smyth County

County

Smyth County, VA

Filed

Jun 11, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

May 31, 2024

Court

Suffolk city

County

Suffolk City, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

May 23, 2024

Judge

Hon. PWC

Court

Powhatan County

County

Powhatan County, VA

Filed

May 23, 2024

Court

Albemarle County

County

Albemarle County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

May 22, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Filed

May 17, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

May 17, 2024

Court

Page County

County

Page County, VA

Filed

May 16, 2024

Judge

Hon. PWC

Court

Powhatan County

County

Powhatan County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

May 15, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

May 15, 2024

Court

Fredericksburg city

County

Fredericksburg City, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Filed

May 14, 2024

Court

Suffolk city

County

Suffolk City, VA

Filed

May 14, 2024

Court

Chesterfield County

County

Chesterfield County, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

General Torts

Filed

May 08, 2024

Court

Frederick County

County

Frederick County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

May 03, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

May 03, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

May 03, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

May 03, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

May 03, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Apr 30, 2024

Court

Roanoke city

County

Roanoke City, VA

Practice Area

Criminal

Matter Type

General Criminal

Filed

Apr 29, 2024

Court

Henrico County

County

Henrico County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Apr 29, 2024

Court

Henrico County

County

Henrico County, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

General Torts

Filed

Apr 24, 2024

Court

Hopewell city

County

Hopewell City, VA

Practice Area

Criminal

Matter Type

Forfeiture

Filed

Apr 23, 2024

Court

Goochland County

County

Goochland County, VA

Filed

Apr 18, 2024

Judge

Hon. JMT

Court

Nottoway County

County

Nottoway County, VA

Filed

Apr 17, 2024

Court

Orange County

County

Orange County, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Filed

Apr 11, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Apr 11, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Apr 10, 2024

Court

Orange County

County

Orange County, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Filed

Apr 09, 2024

Court

Virginia Beach city

County

Virginia Beach City, VA

Filed

Apr 08, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Apr 08, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Apr 04, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Apr 03, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Apr 03, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Apr 02, 2024

Court

Frederick County

County

Frederick County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Apr 02, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

General Torts

Filed

Apr 02, 2024

Court

Petersburg city

County

Petersburg City, VA

Filed

Mar 29, 2024

Court

Williamsburg city

County

Williamsburg City, VA

Filed

Mar 29, 2024

Court

Winchester city

County

Winchester City, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Mar 27, 2024

Court

Hanover County

County

Hanover County, VA

Filed

Mar 26, 2024

Court

Henrico County

County

Henrico County, VA

Filed

Mar 26, 2024

Court

Henrico County

County

Henrico County, VA

Filed

Mar 21, 2024

Court

Brunswick County

County

Brunswick County, VA

Filed

Mar 20, 2024

Court

Frederick County

County

Frederick County, VA

Filed

Mar 18, 2024

Judge

Hon. DMM

Court

Petersburg city

County

Petersburg City, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Filed

Mar 18, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Filed

Mar 18, 2024

Court

Orange County

County

Orange County, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Filed

Mar 15, 2024

Court

Augusta County

County

Augusta County, VA

Filed

Mar 15, 2024

Court

Albemarle County

County

Albemarle County, VA

Filed

Mar 12, 2024

Judge

Hon. DBF

Court

Orange County

County

Orange County, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Filed

Mar 11, 2024

Court

Mecklenburg County

County

Mecklenburg County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Mar 11, 2024

Court

Suffolk city

County

Suffolk City, VA

Filed

Mar 11, 2024

Court

Hanover County

County

Hanover County, VA

Filed

Mar 11, 2024

Court

Danville city

County

Danville City, VA

Filed

Mar 07, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Mar 06, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Mar 06, 2024

Judge

Hon. RPC

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Mar 06, 2024

Court

Loudoun County

County

Loudoun County, VA

Filed

Mar 06, 2024

Court

Loudoun County

County

Loudoun County, VA

Filed

Mar 06, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Mar 06, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Mar 05, 2024

Court

Virginia Beach city

County

Virginia Beach City, VA

Filed

Mar 05, 2024

Court

Northumberland County

County

Northumberland County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Mar 04, 2024

Court

Hanover County

County

Hanover County, VA

Filed

Mar 04, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Filed

Mar 04, 2024

Judge

Hon. LWF

Court

Southampton County

County

Southampton County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Mar 01, 2024

Judge

Hon. LWF

Court

Southampton County

County

Southampton County, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Filed

Mar 01, 2024

Court

Louisa County

County

Louisa County, VA

Filed

Mar 01, 2024

Court

Petersburg city

County

Petersburg City, VA

Filed

Mar 01, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Filed

Feb 23, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Filed

Feb 22, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Feb 22, 2024

Court

Fredericksburg city

County

Fredericksburg City, VA

Practice Area

Creditor

Matter Type

Collections

Filed

Feb 21, 2024

Court

Brunswick County

County

Brunswick County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Feb 21, 2024

Status

Consolidation

Judge

Hon. SCM

Court

Chesterfield County

County

Chesterfield County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Feb 21, 2024

Court

Southampton County

County

Southampton County, VA

Filed

Feb 21, 2024

Court

Chesapeake city

County

Chesapeake City, VA

Filed

Feb 16, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

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Court

Hopewell city

County

Hopewell City, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Name Change

Filed

Feb 16, 2024

Court

Southampton County

County

Southampton County, VA

Filed

Feb 15, 2024

Court

Franklin County

County

Franklin City, VA

Filed

Feb 13, 2024

Court

Orange County

County

Orange County, VA

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Filed

Feb 12, 2024

Court

Virginia Beach city

County

Virginia Beach City, VA

Filed

Feb 09, 2024

Court

Campbell County

County

Campbell County, VA

Filed

Feb 09, 2024

Court

Albemarle County

County

Albemarle County, VA

Filed

Feb 08, 2024

Court

Smyth County

County

Smyth County, VA

Filed

Feb 06, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Feb 06, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Filed

Feb 05, 2024

Court

Norfolk city

County

Norfolk City, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Feb 05, 2024

Court

Orange County

County

Orange County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Feb 02, 2024

Court

Hanover County

County

Hanover County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Feb 02, 2024

Status

Other

Court

Portsmouth city

County

Portsmouth City, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Name Change

Filed

Feb 01, 2024

Court

Page County

County

Page County, VA

Filed

Jan 31, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Jan 31, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Jan 31, 2024

Court

Prince William County

County

Prince William County, VA

Filed

Jan 30, 2024

Court

Chesterfield County

County

Chesterfield County, VA

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Filed

Jan 29, 2024

Court

Portsmouth city

County

Portsmouth City, VA

Filed

Jan 29, 2024

Court

Chesterfield County

County

Chesterfield County, VA

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