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C. E. MORGAN BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC. v. SAFE-LITE MANUFACTURING, INC.
35272.
MARSHALL, Justice.
In the present case, the Court of Appeals held that where a party seeking to foreclose a security interest in personal property sues out a writ of possession based on a petition not under oath, in violation of Code Ann. 67-702 (Ga. L. 1974, pp. 398, 399, as amended), the proceedings are rendered void. We reverse.
The failure to verify a petition for writ of possession under Code Ann. 67-702 is an amendable defect under the CPA and does not render the proceedings void. Mellon Bank v. Coppage, 243 Ga. 219 (253 SE2d 202) (1979). An amendable defect in the pleadings is cured by the judgment. Alexander v. Askin Squire Corp., 144 Ga. App. 662 (242 SE2d 324) (1978). Even prior to the CPA it was held that where a party fails to verify a plea, but the parties go to trial on the merits of the plea, making no objection to the defect as to verification, such defect is considered waived. Guarantee Trust Life Ins. Co. v. Ricker, 93 Ga. App. 554 (92 SE2d 323) (1956) and cits.
In this case, the parties went to trial on the merits of the plaintiff's petition for writ of possession without the defendant's raising any objection concerning the plaintiff's failure to verify the petition until appeal. The objection came too late.
G. Gerald Kunes, for appellee.
Whelchel, Whelchel & Carlton, Hoyt H. Whelchel, Jr., for appellant.
ARGUED SEPTEMBER 17, 1979 -- DECIDED OCTOBER 16, 1979.
Friday May 22 02:04 EDT


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