ABLAH v. EYMAN, 186 Kan. 626 (1960)

352 P.2d 10

FRANK J. ABLAH, et al., Appellants, v. RAY H. EYMAN, Appellee.

No. 41,793Supreme Court of Kansas
Opinion filed May 14, 1960.


REPLEVIN — Failure to Give Redelivery Bond — Void Order. In a replevin action where plaintiffs’ affidavit and bond were properly filed pursuant to statutory requirements but defendant did not file a redelivery bond and the trial court, under circumstances narrated in the opinion, ordered the sheriff to hold all papers until further order of the court, it is held, the trial court had no jurisdiction to so order the sheriff, and the order is reversed, set aside, and held for naught.

Appeal from Sedgwick district court, division No. 2; HOWARD C. KLINE, judge. Opinion filed May 14, 1960. Reversed.

Milton Zacharias, of Wichita, argued the cause, and Kenneth H. Hiebsch, Richard A. Render, Albert L. Kamas, Donald E. Lambdin, and David G. Arst, all of Wichita, were with him on the briefs for the appellants.

No appearance for appellee.

The opinion of the court was delivered by


The plaintiffs, Frank J. Ablah, and others, commenced a replevin action under G.S. 1949, 60-1001 to recover immediate

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possession of certain books and records by filing the required statutory affidavit (G.S. 1949, 60-1002) and bond (G.S. 1949, 60-1003).

Defendant did not proceed properly or legally by posting a redelivery bond as required by G.S. 1949, 60-1007 which reads:

“If, within twenty-four hours after service of the copy of the order, there is executed by one or more sufficient sureties of the defendant, to be approved by the sheriff, an undertaking to the plaintiff, in not less than double the amount of the value of the property as stated in the affidavit of the plaintiff, to the effect that the defendant will deliver the property to the plaintiff, if such delivery be adjudged, and will pay all costs and damages that may be awarded against him, the sheriff shall return the property to the defendant. If such undertaking be not given within twenty-four hours after service of the order, the sheriff shall deliver the property to the plaintiff.”

Without notice, hearing, or any transcript of a record showing a hearing, the sheriff subsequently received the following order from the trial court:

“It Is by the Court, Ordered, decreed and adjudged that on the Motion of the Court, the Sheriff of Sedgwick County, Kansas, is ordered to hold all papers in replevin in the above entitled case which are now in his hands, until the further order of the Court, and

“It Is So Ordered.”

Plaintiffs perfected their appeal from the above order of the trial court, pursuant to G.S. 1949, 60-3302, Second, which provides that this court has appellate jurisdiction over an order of the court below that discharges, vacates or modifies a provisional remedy.

It is unnecessary to detail each section of our statutes controlling proceedings in replevin and the reasons therefor. Certainly they include no provision whereby a trial court is given jurisdiction to stay proceedings in such manner as was attempted herein.

The result is the order of the trial court is void and it must therefore be reversed, set aside, and held for naught.

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