Will the courts ever reopen a case based off a mistake? Trisha Festerling, J.D. | June 28, 2015 – from Janet T. in Cudahy, WI Question Details: I know the trial courts have complete discretion in cases, but, if a case is decided based on a mistake, will the court ever reopen the case? Family Law Attorney Response: The court can reopen a case if a certain mistake is made. In State v. A.G.R. (In re Paternity of M.T.H) 140 Wis.2d 843, 412 N.W.2d 164 (Ct. App. 1987), the court reopened a case due to excusable neglect. When a court has inexcusable neglect (neglect that occurs when an attorney signs a document without the correct intention and shows carelessness) it is not an abuse of discretion to reopen the subsequent order. Give me a call if you have any more questions. Trisha Festerling, J.D. Family Law Attorney Related Posts:Can I reopen a paternity case from the 70’s? July 22, 2014 Can she reopen the case after agreeing to a dismissal? January 20, 2015 If the court makes a decision based on a law that has since changed, can… August 2, 2015 Can my maintenance change based off a new law? September 13, 2014 Property & Debt Division Continued April 1, 2016 Can proceeds from property division be double counted as income? November 11, 2014 Submit a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.