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Yorba v. Dobner

Supreme Court of California
Jul 23, 1891
90 Cal. 337 (Cal. 1891)


         Department One

         Appeal from an order of the Superior Court of Orange County striking out a cost-bill.


          Brousseau, Hatch & Thomas, for Appellant.

          Victor Montgomery, for Respondent.

         JUDGES: Paterson, J. Harrison, J., and Garoutte, J., concurred.


          PATERSON, Judge

          [27 P. 186] This is an appeal from an order striking out the defendant's memorandum of costs, on the ground that it was not "verified by the oath of the party, or his attorney or agent, or by the clerk of his attorney," as required by the provisions of section 1033 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

         The judgment was entered in the court below on July 24, 1890, and the order striking out the cost-bill was made on August 21, 1890. The order is therefore appealable, and can be reviewed without an appeal from the judgment. (Empire Gold Mining Co. v. Bonanza Gold Mining Co ., 67 Cal. 406.)

         The motion to dismiss the appeal is denied.

         We think the court erred in its ruling. The memorandum was verified by Mr. West, a member of the bar of Orange County. Mr. West was not an attorney of record, but he assisted in the trial of the cause, and participated in the examination of witnesses, and in the argument to the jury. Being the local attorney, he doubtless knew more about the costs and disbursements than the attorneys of record, who resided in the city of Los Angeles. The statute does not say that the attorney verifying the memorandum must be the attorney of record, and there is no reason for such a requirement. The object of the statute is to allow either the party or some representative who may be more familiar with the facts to verify the items of the bill. Formerly, the statute required that the memorandum should be verified by the oath of the party. The court held that it could be done by his attorney, the legislature having intended, no doubt, to permit any one having knowledge of the facts to verify the account. (Burnham v. Hays , 3 Cal. 119.) That is certainly what was intended by the legislature in the enactment of the statute now in force.

         The order is reversed, with directions to hear the motion to tax costs on any other grounds named therein, but to overrule the objection we have considered.

Summaries of

Yorba v. Dobner

Supreme Court of California
Jul 23, 1891
90 Cal. 337 (Cal. 1891)
Case details for

Yorba v. Dobner

Case Details

Full title:VICENTE YORBA, Respondent, v. M. DOBNER, Appellant

Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Jul 23, 1891


90 Cal. 337 (Cal. 1891)
27 P. 185

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