(1797) 3 Paton 593
CASES DECIDED IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS, UPON APPEAL FROM THE COURTS OF SCOTLAND.
House of Lords,
Subject_Expenses — Ranking and Sale. —
The common agent having applied to the Court for a warrant for £1000 out of the York Buildings Co.'s funds, to defray the expenses incurred, and to be incurred, in the preceding causes, pending the appeal of the judgments therein, the Court granted warrant accordingly, and, on appeal, this order of the Court was affirmed.
In the course of the proceedings which issued in the two preceding appeals, it has been seen that Mr. Bremner, the respondent, was appointed common agent in the ranking and sale, in room of Mr. Scott, who resigned.
The respondent, as common agent, gave in a petition, praying the Court to issue an order, to pay out of the funds of the estate the sum of £1000. on account of costs incurred in the Court of Session, and to be incurred in discussing the preceding appeal.
The answer made by the appellants was, That they had appealed against the interlocutors of the Court in these
Mar. 11, 1797.
The Court pronounced this interlocutor:—
“The Lords recall the warrant formerly granted upon the treasurer of the Bank of Scotland, and grant warrant to and authorize and ordain Mr. Archibald Swinton, factor upon the sequestrated estate of Seton, out of the rents of said estate in his hands, to make payment to the petitioner, Mr. Bremner, of the sum of one thousand pounds, sterling, a proper receipt being granted for the same, and decern.”
Against this interlocutor the present appeal was brought to the House of Lords.
Pleaded for the Appellants.—When an appeal to your Lordships against a judgment of the Court of Session is served upon the party, it has the effect to stay execution of the sentence till the appeal be either discussed or withdrawn. The reason being, that nothing ought to be done prejudicial to the question before your Lordships, or which may have the effect to deprive the appellant of the full redress which he seeks by appeal. And it is even held, that by appealing, the whole cause is brought before your Lordships, and removed entirely from the jurisdiction of the Court of Session. And the only exception to this rule was introduced by the late Scots Bankrupt Act, 33 Geo. III., c. 74, § 55, in regard to ranking and sales, which exception has reference to the competency of the Court, notwithstanding appeal, to make such orders as may be necessary to prevent the funds “from being embezzled, secreted, damaged, or dilapidated, while the appeal is pendent,” which is just what the appellants have contended for, and contend for in the present appeal.
Pleaded for the Respondent.—The respondent is an officer of Court, acting under its authority and appointment, for carrying into execution an act of Parliament, passed for the express purpose of “expediting the sale of the estate of the York Buildings Co. for relief of their creditors,” which enacts and declares, “That the expense thereof, and of carrying the same into execution for behoof of the creditors, shall be defrayed from the proceeds of the said estates, in the same way and manner as the
The Lord Chancellor, when delivering judgment in the preceding appeal, at same time moved simply, that the present appeal be dismissed, and the interlocutors complained of be affirmed.
It was ordered and adjudged, that the interlocutor be affirmed.
Counsel: For Appellants,
For Respondent, G. Ferguson.