2022 Georgia Code
Title 51 - Torts
Chapter 12 - Damages
Article 2 - Joint Tort-Feasors
§ 51-12-32. Right of Contribution Among Joint Trespassers; Effect of Settlement

Universal Citation: GA Code § 51-12-32 (2022)
  1. Except as provided in Code Section 51-12-33, where a tortious act does not involve moral turpitude, contribution among several trespassers may be enforced just as if an action had been brought against them jointly. Without the necessity of being charged by action or judgment, the right of a joint trespasser to contribution from another or others shall continue unabated and shall not be lost or prejudiced by compromise and settlement of a claim or claims for injury to person or property or for wrongful death and release therefrom.
  2. If judgment is entered jointly against several trespassers and is paid off by one of them, the others shall be liable to him for contribution.
  3. Without the necessity of being charged by an action or judgment, the right of indemnity, express or implied, from another or others shall continue unabated and shall not be lost or prejudiced by compromise and settlement of a claim or claims for injury to person or property or for wrongful death and release therefrom.

History. Orig. Code 1863, § 3008; Code 1868, § 3021; Code 1873, § 3076; Code 1882, § 3076; Civil Code 1895, § 3916; Civil Code 1910, § 4513; Code 1933, § 105-2012; Ga. L. 1966, p. 433, § 1; Ga. L. 1972, p. 132, § 1; Ga. L. 1972, p. 134, § 1; Ga. L. 1987, p. 915, § 8.

Cross references.

Third party practice, § 9-11-14

Control of education after payment by joint debtor, § 9-13-78 .

Law reviews.

For note discussing tort-feasor’s ability to sue for contribution from joint tort-feasor absent any judgment compelling either to pay damages, see 5 Ga. St. B. J. 358 (1969).

For comment discussing Georgia law as to a defendant’s right to bring in any party responsible to him for damages sought by the plaintiff, and comparing the approach of Dole v. Dow Chem. Co., 30 N.Y.2d 143, 282 N.E.2d 288, 331 N.Y.S.2d 382 (1972), see 24 Mercer L. Rev. 697 (1973).

For note, “Contribution Among Joint Tortfeasors,” see 12 Ga. L. Rev. 553 (1978).

For annual survey of local government law, see 57 Mercer L. Rev. 289 (2005).

For annual survey of trial practice and procedure, see 57 Mercer L. Rev. 381 (2005).

For note, “The Effect (Or Noneffect) of the 2004 Amendments to O.C.G.A. §§ 51-12-31 and 51-12-33 on Joint Liability in Georgia,” see 44 Ga. L. Rev. 215 (2009).

For annual survey on trial practice and procedure, see 65 Mercer L. Rev. 277 (2013).

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