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Hemstreet v. Wassum

Supreme Court of California
Oct 1, 1874
49 Cal. 273 (Cal. 1874)


         Appeal from the County Court, County of Colusa.

         The defendant appealed.


          A. L. Hart, for the Appellant.

         S. T. Kirk, for the Respondent.

         JUDGES: Rhodes, J. Mr. Justice Niles did not express an opinion.


          RHODES, Judge

         This is an action brought by a landlord against his tenant, for holding over after the expiration of his term. The action was commenced August 11, 1873, and the summons was served by posting a copy of the summons and complaint on the front door of the house standing on the land, and by delivering a copy of the summons to a person who was in occupation of the land, or some portion of it. This service was made under the Act of March 11, 1872, amendatory of the Forcible Entry and Detainer Act of 1863 (Statutes 1871-2, p. 318), which provides, among other things, that " the summons shall be served by delivering a copy thereof upon the occupant of the premises described in the complaint, or by leaving such copy on the premises in a conspicuous place." The Code of Civil Procedure, Section 1,159, and following, provides for the entire field of forcible entry and detainer (including the holding over of tenants, etc.,) and a complete mode of procedure in those cases is there prescribed. Among other things, Section 1,167 provides that the summons " must be served and returned in the same manner as the summons in a civil action is served and returned." It is manifest that the intent of the Legislature, was to reduce the law upon the subject of forcible entry and detainer to one system, and the provision of Section 4, to the effect that the Code establishes the law of this State, respecting the subject to which it relates, accords with this view. Section 4,478 declares that the codes must be construed as though each had passed on the first day of the session of 1871-2. From this it results that the chapter of the Code relating to actions of forcible entry and detainer, repealed by implication the Act of 1863, relating to the same subject--that is to say, the taking effect of that chapter of the Code on the 1st day of January, 1873, operated as a repeal at that time of the former Act. The amendment to the former Act, though it remained in force from the time it took effect, up to the time when the Code went into effect, was repealed and fell with the Act of which it was amendatory. After the 1st day of January, 1873, therefore, the summons in an action of the nature of the one at bar, must be served in the manner prescribed by the Code. The service of the summons in this case, in the manner already mentioned, not being authorized by the Code, was not sufficient to give the Court jurisdiction of the defendant, and therefore the judgment by default cannot be sustained.

         Judgment reversed and cause remanded. Remittitur forthwith.

Summaries of

Hemstreet v. Wassum

Supreme Court of California
Oct 1, 1874
49 Cal. 273 (Cal. 1874)
Case details for

Hemstreet v. Wassum

Case Details


Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Oct 1, 1874


49 Cal. 273 (Cal. 1874)

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