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Van Ness v. Superior Court

Supreme Court of Arizona

January 23, 1950

VAN NESS
v.
SUPERIOR COURT OF STATE IN AND FOR MARICOPA COUNTY et al

Alternative writ made peremptory.

George D. Locke and Allan K. Perry, of Phoenix, for petitioner.

Frank W. Beer and Kenneth S. Scoville, of Phoenix, for respondents.

De Concini, Justice. La Prade, C. J., and Udall, Stanford and Phelps, JJ., concur.

OPINION

De Concini, Justice.

[69 Ariz. 364] Clarence E. Van Ness, defendant and cross complainant in a divorce action below, hereafter known as petitioner, petitioned this court for a writ of prohibition against the respondent Superior Court wherein the divorce action is pending, praying that respondent be prohibited from enforcing its following order: "Order directing the Defendant, Clarence E. Van Ness, to file his inventory (including that of his separate property) on or before the 15th day of November, 1949, otherwise he will be in contempt of Court without further hearing."

Page 900

An alternative writ was issued November 12, 1949, and the matter submitted as to whether the writ should be made permanent or dissolved.

The pleadings in the divorce action show a wide difference in the alleged facts. Plaintiff, La Venda Van Ness, wife of petitioner, alleges the community property is valued near $ 1,000,000, that petitioner has an income of $ 50,000 per year, most of which income is community property. Petitioner in his answer and cross complaint admits their marriage of 14 years but denies plaintiff's allegations regarding his separate and their community property. He further alleges that all of his property is separate property except that which the parties agreed was community property in a "Property settlement agreement," made between the parties. The value placed on the community property in said agreement is $ 9,155.12.

This court has heretofore said,

"We have repeatedly held that the writ will issue where an inferior court is assuming jurisdiction in a matter over which it has no control, or going beyond its legitimate powers in a matter in which it has jurisdiction." D. W. Onan & Sons v. Superior Court, 65 Ariz. 255, 179 P.2d 243, 250.

"* * * The court must have (a) jurisdiction of the subject matter of the case, (b) jurisdiction of the persons involved in the litigation, and (c) jurisdiction to render the particular judgment given. * * *" Brecht v. Hammons, 35 Ariz. 383, 278 P. 381, 382.

The question here is did the court have jurisdiction of the parties and subject matter, and if so, did it exceed its jurisdiction in making the order? There is no question of the jurisdiction of the parties, or of the subject ...


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