Doctrine of Revestment Law and Legal Definition

Doctrine of Revestment is a principle by which a court regains jurisdiction after the entry of final judgment when the former opposing parties have actively participated in proceedings inconsistent with the court's judgment. In order for the doctrine to apply, "the parties must actively participate without objection in proceedings which are inconsistent with the merits of the prior judgment." Therefore, the court is revested with personal and subject matter jurisdiction even after the required time, in which post-judgment motions can be filed, has lapsed. Generally, a court loses jurisdiction when more than 30 days have passed since the judgment was entered. Essentially, the doctrine of revestment re-instates the court’s jurisdiction after the 30 days have passed. Although the doctrine of revestment in itself is not complicated, its application often is.