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Correct a Clerical Mistake in a Judgment

The forms in the toolkit titled, "I want to correct a clerical mistake in a judgment" below can help you correct a clerical mistake in a judgment. 

Nunc Pro Tunc- Information, instructions, and forms

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Overview

When your court order contains a specific kind of mistake—a “clerical error”—one way to correct it is by filing a document with the court called a motion for judgment nunc pro tunc. This is the method for asking the judge to issue a new judgment or order that contains the correct information.

Keep in mind that a motion for judgment nunc pro tunc is only available after the court’s “plenary power” expires—that is, after that court no longer has the authority to change its own orders. So yes, a motion for judgment nunc pro tunc can correct a mistake. But it is just one method for correcting an error, and it only applies to clerical errors. So if there is any doubt about whether it applies to your situation, talk to an attorney and do more research.

Be careful filing a motion for judgment nunc pro tunc: if you file it at the wrong time, it could have legal consequences you do not want (such as changing your deadline for filing a motion for new trial, or appeal). If you have any doubts about whether a motion for judgment nunc pro tunc is appropriate, talk to an attorney who practices civil litigation. The easiest way to find an attorney is by calling the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Service, 800-252-9690.