Rule 60(a) Clerical Correction Does Not Affect Deadline to Appeal

The plaintiff mistakenly timed his appeal from the day on which the trial court, under Rule 60(a), corrected a clerical error in its final judgment. He should have measured from the day the original judgment was entered. Filed more than 42 days after the original judgment, his appeal was late and was dismissed. Barnes v. HMB, LLC, No. 2071241 (Ala. Civ. App. May 15, 2009).

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Time To Appeal Runs From Date of Order Which Indicated Issues Were Resolved Against A Party

Although the date of a Rule 60(a) order correcting a scrivener’s error generally relates back to the date of the original order, in Brown v. Brown, [Ms. 2050935] (Ala. Civ. App.  Jan. 25, 2008) , the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals held that an appeal was timely where it was filed within 42 days of the Rule 60(a) order where that order was the first time the party knew the trial court had ruled against it.

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