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Reed v. Grant

Supreme Court of California
Apr 1, 1854
4 Cal. 176 (Cal. 1854)


         Appeal from the County Court of the County of San Francisco.


          Janes, Doyle & Barber, for Appellants.

          George J. Wheelan, for Respondents.

         JUDGES: Mr. Ch. J. Murray delivered the opinion of the Court. Mr. J. Heydenfeldt concurred.


          MURRAY, Judge

         This suit was instituted under the provisions of the 13th section of the " Act Concerning Forcible Entries," etc., and carried by appeal to the County Court.

         On the trial of the cause in the Court below, the plaintiff introduced the demise, and rested his case. The defendants moved the Court for judgment of nonsuit, on the ground that the plaintiff had not proved a holding over after the expiration of their term, which motion was overruled, and judgment afterwards rendered for the plaintiff.

         The appellants assign as error, the refusal of the Court to grant a nonsuit.

         The section of the statute referred to, provides that " When any person shall hold over any lands, etc., after the time for which they are dismissed," etc.; from which it will be seen that the holding over is, in fact, the foundation of the action, and must necessarily be proved, like any other substantive fact.

         If this proof can be dispensed with, then any one may be called on to answer, in like manner, for the wrongful holding over of premises which he may at any time have been in possession of, and the onus rest upon him to show a surrender.

         It is contended, the witness of the defendant proved this fact. Such is not the case, and the instruction of the Court predicated upon the testimony of such witness, was erroneous.

         It is further contended by the respondent, that there are no exceptions properly taken, or statement of facts made in conformity with the statute. We have been unable to ascertain that such is the fact; the record contains the exceptions, purporting to be signed by the Judge, and attested by the seal of the proper Court.

         Judgment reversed with costs.

Summaries of

Reed v. Grant

Supreme Court of California
Apr 1, 1854
4 Cal. 176 (Cal. 1854)
Case details for

Reed v. Grant

Case Details

Full title:JOSEPH L. REED, Respondent, v. CHARLES B. GRANT and JOHN GRANT, Appellants

Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Apr 1, 1854


4 Cal. 176 (Cal. 1854)

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