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BABB v. COOK.
46421.
QUILLIAN, Judge.
Appellate procedure. Baldwin Superior Court. Before Judge Carpenter.
The instant notice of appeal was docketed on May 21, 1971, and the enumeration of errors was filed on June 17, 1971, which was not within the time prescribed and no motion for an extension was made before the expiration of such time. See Court of Appeals Rule 13 (111 Ga. App. 883, 888) as amended (112 Ga. App. 897; 113 Ga. App. 889; 118 Ga. App. 869).
After the expiration of the time for filing the enumeration of errors, a motion for extension was filed containing an affidavit by a physician which stated: that counsel for appellant was admitted to Baldwin County Hospital June 4, 1971; that she was suffering from acute gout arthritis which has required heavy sedation. From this affidavit we are unable to determine whether counsel was so incapacitated as to be unable to request an extension within the time required. See Thomas v. State, 118 Ga. App. 748 (165 SE2d 477). There being no facts shown sufficient to meet the test of providential cause (see the definition contained in Gardner v. State, 117 Ga. App. 262, 264 (160 SE2d 271)), the appeal is
EVANS, Judge, dissenting.
This case differs greatly from the case of Thomas v. State, 118 Ga. App. 748 (165 SE2d 477) cited in the majority opinion, for in that case the brief of appellant was timely filed (but not the enumeration of errors) and it was sought to excuse this delinquency by showing that "Hall and Hall" were not partners, and that one of them had filed the brief without authority. Code 110-404, as amended (Ga. L. 1946, pp. 761, 778), allows defaults to be opened for providential cause, or for excusable neglect. There was no way in which appellant's counsel, by exercise of ordinary diligence, could have avoided the attack of arthritis and the consequent hospitalization and heavy sedation.
It is noted that opposing counsel here agreed to the request for additional time to file the enumeration of errors.
I therefore dissent from the judgment dismissing the appeal.
Robert H. Herndon, for appellee.
Eva L. Sloan, for appellant.
SUBMITTED SEPTEMBER 13, 1971 -- DECIDED OCTOBER 1, 1971 -- REHEARING DENIED NOVEMBER 12, 1971 -- CERT. APPLIED FOR.
Friday May 22 15:32 EDT


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