TOOL OF THE DAY: Plenary Power

CATEGORY: Family Law Definition

What does it mean when the judge has plenary power?

They have absolute and total power to change their orders. When you have an unsigned order their plenary power continues.

A judges plenary power ends 30 days after the signing of an order.

There are things that can extend this plenary power. You can file a motion for the judge to reform, correct, or dismiss their order. This motion expires 30 days after you file it if it was not responded to or by operation of law.