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Sebastiano v. Corde

Supreme Court of Connecticut
Jul 27, 1976
370 A.2d 946 (Conn. 1976)


Submitted on briefs June 1, 1976

Decision released July 27, 1976

Action to foreclose a mortgage on certain property owned by the defendants, brought to the Court of Common Pleas in Fairfield County and tried to the court, Martin, J.; judgment for the plaintiff and appeal by the defendant Edward F. Allen. No error.

Edward F. Allen, pro se, on the brief, the appellant (defendant).

Vincent M. Zanella, Jr., on the brief, for the appellee (plaintiff).

A judgment foreclosing the title to real estate by strict foreclosure was rendered for the plaintiff on May 3, 1974, in the Court of Common Pleas (Dean, J.). The defendant Florence V. Corde was defaulted for failure to appear, and the defendant Edward F. Allen, who appeared pro se, was defaulted for failure to plead. The law day was set for August 13, 1974. The court (McGuinness, J., and Martin, J.) subsequently granted written motions to open the judgment and extend the law day, thereby setting a new law day first for October 8, 1974, and then for November 8, 1974. A third motion to open the judgment and extend the law day was denied by the court (Martin, J.) on November 1, 1974.

The defendant Allen has appealed from the judgment rendered. The defendant's assignment of errors claims that the court erred in refusing to extend the law day in order to give a reasonable time within which to redeem. The only issue discussed in the defendant's brief is: "How much time is reasonable for an opportunity to refinance and redeem under the circumstances?"

It is not entirely clear from the record whether the appeal is taken from the final foreclosure judgment or from the denial of the last motion to open judgment and extend the law day. We do not, however, pursue the possibility that the appeal is defective. The basic issue raised by the defendant Allen, appearing pro se, is clear, and a determination of that issue on its merits is dispositive of this appeal.

The record contains no finding. Although the court which heard the last motion to open the judgment was requested to make a finding, it was unable to do so because no testimony and no evidence was submitted at the time of the hearing. Wilusz v. Ives, 152 Conn. 352, 354, 206 A.2d 841; Maltbie, Conn. App. Proc. 126. The denial of a motion to open judgment of strict foreclosure is a matter resting within the discretion of the trial court; General Statutes 49-15; and "unless that discretion was abused or was based upon some error in law, the denial of the motion must stand." Carrington v. Muhlfeld, 122 Conn. 334, 337, 189 A.2d 184. On the record before us there is no such evidence of abuse of discretion.

Summaries of

Sebastiano v. Corde

Supreme Court of Connecticut
Jul 27, 1976
370 A.2d 946 (Conn. 1976)
Case details for

Sebastiano v. Corde

Case Details


Court:Supreme Court of Connecticut

Date published: Jul 27, 1976


370 A.2d 946 (Conn. 1976)
370 A.2d 946

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