Research guides prepared
by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:
“The trial court has
jurisdiction to clarify an ambiguous judgment at any time.”
Sosin v. Sosin, 300 Conn. 205, 218, 14 A.3d
307, 316 (2011).
“Motions for interpretation
or clarification, although not specifically described in the rules of
practice, are commonly considered by trial courts and are procedurally
Holcombe v. Holcombe, 22 Conn. App. 363, 366,
576 A.2d 1317, 1319 (1990).
“[T]he purpose of a
clarification is to take a prior statement, decision or order and make it
easier to understand. Motions for clarification, therefore, may be
appropriate where there is an ambiguous term in a judgment or decision ...
but, not where the movant’s request would cause a substantive change in the
existing decision. Moreover, motions for clarification may be made at any
time and are grounded in the trial court’s equitable authority to protect
the integrity of its judgments.”
Light v. Grimes, 136 Conn. App. 161, 166, 43
A.3d 808, 812, cert. denied, 305 Conn. 926 (2012). (Internal quotation marks