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People v. Goodhue

Supreme Court of California
Aug 5, 1889
80 Cal. 199 (Cal. 1889)


         Appeal from an order of the Superior Court of Tulare County denying a motion to set aside a judgment.


         The motion to set aside a judgment may be made by a successor in interest (People v. Mullan , 65 Cal. 396; People v. Greene , 74 Cal. 400), and is a direct attack which may be made at any time. (People v. Greene , 74 Cal. 400; People v. Pearson , 76 Cal. 400.) Though Goodhue was served, his grantee, Young, who was the owner of record of the certificate of purchase before suit was brought, was not served with summons, and he and his grantees are not bound by the decree.

         Davis & Allen, for Appellant.

          W. R. Jacobs, and Lamberson & Taylor, for Respondent.

         The deed to Young purported to convey the land, but not to assign the certificate of purchase. (Stats. 1863, p. 597, sec. 17.) The assignment of the certificate filed in the surveyor-general's office was made after service of summons, in the suit to foreclose the certificate of purchase, and the assignee is bound by the decree.

         JUDGES: In Bank. Works, J. Sharpstein, J., McFarland, J., and Thornton, J., concurred. Paterson, J., concurring.


          WORKS, Judge

         This is an appeal from an order denying a motion to vacate a judgment. The judgment was rendered October 30, 1865, and this motion was made December 31, 1888.

         We know of no provision of law which can be held to authorize the vacation of a judgment on a mere motion after so long a time. We have a provision authorizing such a proceeding within a limited time on certain grounds enumerated. (Code Civ. Proc., sec. 473; People v. Mullan , 65 Cal. 396.)

         The motion here is made by the grantee of the judgment defendant, and is based on two grounds, viz., that the court rendering the judgment had not jurisdiction of the person of the defendant, and that he had, before the suit was brought, fully paid the sum of money which was the basis of the action.

         A judgment cannot be attacked in this informal way years after its rendition.

         Order affirmed.



         Paterson, J., concurring. I concur in the judgment. If the judgment were void on its face, and the moving party had succeeded to the rights of the defendant, his motion would not be defeated by mere delay, however great, in seeking to have the judgment set aside (People v. Mullan , 65 Cal. 396); but neither of these things appears in this record. Goodhue, the moving party's grantor, was personally served with summons (including a copy of the complaint) five months prior to the entry of the judgment, and the evidence of assignment to appellant is incompetent and conflicting.

Summaries of

People v. Goodhue

Supreme Court of California
Aug 5, 1889
80 Cal. 199 (Cal. 1889)
Case details for

People v. Goodhue

Case Details


Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Aug 5, 1889


80 Cal. 199 (Cal. 1889)
22 P. 66

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