The Trial Court Abuses Its Discretion in Denying Motions for New Trial if the Defendant’s Affidavit Alleges Slight Evidence of Extenuating Circumstances

dc.creatorHanna, Richard
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-30T20:49:56Z
dc.date.available2018-10-30T20:49:56Z
dc.date.issued1973
dc.description.abstractWard held that a petitioner successfully shows that his failure to answer, resulting in a default judgment, was excused because it was not intentional or due to conscious indifference. The author highlights the two major problems in Ward: (1) what must an affidavit contain to negate conscious indifference? And (2) what discretion is allowed the trial court to rule on a motion to set aside a default judgment and for a new trial? The author reasons that the ultimate effect of Ward is to reaffirm already existing requirements for setting aside a default judgment and granting a new trial set out in Craddock v. Sunshine Bus. Lines, Inc., 134 Tex. 388, 133 S.W.2d 124 (1939). Further, the author suggests that Ward indicates that the excuse necessary to rebut conscious indifference is slight, but without such an excuse courts will not grant a new trial.en_US
dc.identifier.citation5 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 153en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2346/82039
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherTexas Tech Law Reviewen_US
dc.subjectDefault judgmenten_US
dc.subjectConscious indifferenceen_US
dc.subjectMeritorious defenseen_US
dc.subjectLack of prejudice to plaintiffen_US
dc.subjectCraddock v. Sunshine Bus Lines, Inc.en_US
dc.subjectNew trialen_US
dc.subjectWard v. Navaen_US
dc.subjectCase noteen_US
dc.titleThe Trial Court Abuses Its Discretion in Denying Motions for New Trial if the Defendant’s Affidavit Alleges Slight Evidence of Extenuating Circumstancesen_US
dc.title.alternativeCivil Procedure—Default Judgments—The Trial Court Abuses Its Discretion in Denying Motions for New Trial if the Defendant’s Affidavit Alleges Slight Evidence of Extenuating Circumstancesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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