2022 Georgia Code
Title 9 - Civil Practice
Chapter 2 - Actions Generally
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 9-2-5. Prosecution of Two Simultaneous Actions for Same Cause Against Same Party Prohibited; Election; Pendency of Former Action as Defense; Exception

Universal Citation: GA Code § 9-2-5 (2022)
  1. No plaintiff may prosecute two actions in the courts at the same time for the same cause of action and against the same party. If two such actions are commenced simultaneously, the defendant may require the plaintiff to elect which he will prosecute. If two such actions are commenced at different times, the pendency of the former shall be a good defense to the latter.
  2. The rule requiring a plaintiff to elect shall not apply to a prior attachment against property where the defendant is subsequently served personally nor to an attachment obtained during the pendency of an action. However, the judgment in the case against the person shall set out the fact of its identity with the proceedings against the property.

History. Orig. Code 1863, §§ 2835, 2836; Code 1868, §§ 2843, 2844; Code 1873, §§ 2894, 2895; Code 1882, §§ 2894, 2895; Civil Code 1895, §§ 3737, 3739; Civil Code 1910, §§ 4331, 4333; Code 1933, §§ 3-601, 3-605; Ga. L. 1982, p. 3, § 9.

Cross references.

Pendency of former action good cause for abatement of latter on same cause, § 9-2-44 .

Law reviews.

For survey article on trial practice and procedure, see 34 Mercer L. Rev. 299 (1982).

For article, “Defending the Lawsuit: A First-Round Checklist,” see 22 Ga. St. B.J. 24 (1985).

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