Allcorn vs. Tuggle.
COURT OF APPEALS OF KENTUCKY
60 Ky. 537; 1861 Ky. LEXIS 38; 3 Met. 537
January 14, 1861, Decided
PRIOR HISTORY: [**1] APPEAL FROM WAYNE CIRCUIT COURT.
DISPOSITION: Judgment affirmed.
COUNSEL: S. WILLIAMS, for appellant, cited Civil Code, secs. 190, 198.
JUDGES: CHIEF JUSTICE STITES.
OPINION BY: STITES
[*537] CHIEF JUSTICE STITES DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:
This was a proceeding against appellant, as bail in a civil action. Upon a submission of the law and facts to the circuit judge he was held liable, and from that judgment has appealed.
Two grounds are relied on for reversal:
1. That a return of "not found" against the principal in the bond was not made within twenty days after judgment; and
2. That the proof shows that the sheriff had falsely returned his principal not found.
The law does not require the return of "not found" to be made within twenty days after judgment against the principal. The period prescribed by the Civil Code, (section 198,) which governs this case, relates not to the return of the officer, but to the placing of the execution in the hands of the sheriff. This is evident from the language of the section. The object was to impose diligence upon the plaintiff in the execution by requiring him, within twenty days from the judgment, to place the execution in the sheriff's hands; [**2] but not to shorten the return day, which is always fixed by the rules of the court whence the execution emanates.
In regard to the second point--waiving the question whether it is permissible at all for the bail to question the officer's [*538] return in the mode here attempted--we do not hesitate to say that the proof wholly failed to show any falsity in the return. The bail had it in his power to have surrendered his principal to the officer, and it was his duty to have done so.
No error is perceived in the record, and the judgment is therefore affirmed.