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Motions for Reconsideration must be physically filed with the Court within 10 days of the date the order or opinion to be reconsidered was issued.
So if he tries to file one now, it is time barred and should be rejected by the clerks or dismissed by the judge..
These deadlines are set in stone and aren't able to be stretched.
Ex likely didn't mention that this was time barred so the judge pushed him off on the clerk who should tell him that he is past the time to file the motion.
But if he was granted a hearing, you just show up and object and state it is past the 10 day statutory time limit and the judge should deny the motion.
And the judge shouldn't really be communicating with one side as that is an "ex parte" communication and is prohibited.
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Well, that is entirely unacceptable because the judge is violating the rules that he is bound by. You could file a formal complaint with the State Bar Association for his actions in engaging in ex parte communications with the other side.
But the law is pretty clear here and if it gets to court, you should win if you object to the time limit being violated.
I would have to say it depends on whether this is a very small town or not. You don't want to make a judge mad who is on your case currently. So I would have to say wait until things were over...
And yes, it is improper for a judge to communicate with a party outside of court.