What Does Judgment ''Nunc Pro Tunc'' Mean ?

A judgment nunc pro tunc is one that corrects clerical errors executed after the trial court has lost its plenary power. Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. v. Wasiak, 883 S.W.2d 402, 404-05 (Tex.App.--Austin 1994, no writ); and Ferguson v. Naylor, 860 S.W.2d 123, 126 (Tex.App.--Amarillo 1993, writ denied). In Wright v. Longhorn Drilling Corporation, 202 S.W.2d 285 (Tex.Civ.App.--Austin 1947, writ ref'd) the defendants filed a motion for judgment on the verdict; however, no judgment was pronounced or rendered prior to the expiration of the term of the court on April 16, 1946. Defendants then filed a motion for judgment nunc pro tunc on June 15, 1946, and the judgment was entered December 3, 1946. The court stated that a judgment may be both rendered and entered by a court nunc pro tunc where the delay was caused solely by the court itself. Id. at 287. When a judgment has been rendered and later vacated, the matter is as if there had been no judgment. Sawyer v. Donley County Hospital District, 513 S.W.2d 106, 109 (Tex.Civ.App.--Amarillo 1974, no writ).