A request for reconsideration in California is the topic of this blog post.
A request for reconsideration in California is authorized by the provisions of Code of Civil Procedure section 1008(a).
A request for reconsideration of a ruling on a motion is very useful, but only if you are aware of the requirements imposed on a motion for reconsideration in California.
The first and most important requirement on a motion for reconsideration is the 10 day time limit. The law in California requires any statutory motion for reconsideration to be filed within 10 days after service on the party of written notice of entry of the order. The second requirement is that the party moving for reconsideration of an order must make a showing of new or different facts, circumstances or law since the date of the original order that the moving party was not aware of and could not have discovered with reasonable diligence.
Code of Civil Procedure § 1008(a) states that “When an application for an order has been made to a judge, or to a court, and refused in whole or in part, or granted, or granted conditionally, or on terms, any party affected by the order may, within 10 days after service upon the party of written notice of entry of the order and based upon new or different facts, circumstances, or law, make application to the same judge or court that made the order, to reconsider the matter and modify, amend, or revoke the prior order. The party making the application shall state by affidavit what application was made before, when and to what judge, what order or decisions were made, and what new or different facts, circumstances, or law are claimed to be shown.”
Several decisions of the California Courts of Appeal have stated that a decision on a motion is not res judicata, and a trial court has jurisdiction to reconsider a prior ruling.
And several decisions of the California Courts of Appeal have held that a demurrer is an application for an order within the meaning of Code of Civil Procedure Section 1008(a) and will support an application to reconsider an order sustaining a demurrer without leave to amend.
A motion for reconsideration is only applicable to interim orders, not final orders. Note that any party affected by an order may file a motion as reconsideration is not limited to the party who filed the original application for an order.
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