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CHAPTER XIX.

THE DOCTRINE OF IMPLIED REPEAL COMBINING WITH OTHER

DOCTRINES.

SS 1636, 163c. Introduction.

163d-164. Concurrence in laws avoiding repeal

1640-174 Divisibility of laws avoiding repeal § 163b. In general.- It has already been made apparent in this volume that the several doctrines of the law are not separate entities, but each is a thread in a seamless garment." This truth is elemental in our system of jurisprudence, and doubtless in every other. So the doctrine of implied repeal combines with, modifies, and is modified by, every other doctrine in contact wherewith the statute has the effect to place it. We shall not, in this chapter, undertake to trace the consequences of this contact through the entire law, but shall simply examine such of them as will open to the reader's understanding the larger subject, and give him a practical command of all whenever the occasion arises. Limiting, therefore, the sphere of our survey,

$ 163c. How chapter divided.— We shall consider: I. The doctrine of concurrent remedies and sources of right as avoiding implied repeal; II. The doctrine of the divisibility of laws as avoiding, by admitting of partial repeal, the necessity of entire repeal.

I. THE DOCTRINE OF CONCURRENT REMEDIES AND SOURCES OF

RIGHT AS AVOIDING IMPLIED REPEAL.

1630. In nature.- It is a common phenomenon in nature, that, of two or more things, any one, or all in combination, may equally well execute a given function; as, for example, the two eyes of a man may be used severally or jointly to see a given object. So,

In law. Two or more separate laws may establish the same right, or provide redress for the same wrong. And the person

1 And see ante, SS 4–7.

seeking to enforce the right or avenge the wrong may proceed on the law he chooses. And bills of exchange, bills of lading, and other contracts are every day done in duplicate or tripli. cate; one part being, to a claimant, equally available as all. The forms of this general truth are, in the law, endless. Hence,

$ 163e. Doctrine defined. The doctrine of this sub-title is that a statute establishing the same right or remedy as a prior law does not by implication repeal it, but a party may proceed under either, at his election, unless the two are repugnant, and then the repeal takes place to the extent of the repugnance.' Thus,

§ 164. Jurisdiction of court – (Election).—The jurisdiction of one court is not taken away by an affirmative statute giving the same to another. Either can then hear the cause, at the election of the suitor. For example, "If, by a former law,” says Blackstone, “an offense be indictable at the quarter sessions, and the latter law makes the same offense indictable at the assizes, here the jurisdiction of the sessions is not taken away, but both have a concurrent jurisdiction, and the offender may be prosecuted at either, unless the new statute subjoins express negative words, as that the offense shall be indictable at the assizes and not elsewhere." But,

3 Proceedings pending in one court bar same in another.— Since the common law forbids the harassing of a person by two suits at a time for the same thing, it results that, after a competent tribunal has obtained jurisdiction of a cause, another of con

1 And see ante, &$ 154, 158-162. 487; Buffum v. Tilton, 17 Pick. 510;

2 Crim. Pro., I, S 315; ante, & 112; Humphries v. Dawson, 38 Ala. 199; Com. v. White, 8 Pick. 453; Murfree Boyce v. Douglass, 1 Camp. 60; Combe v. Leeper, 1 Tenn. 1; Burginhofen v. v. Pitt, 3 Bur. 1423, 1432; Prosser v. Martin, 3 Yeates, 479; Overseers v. Chapman, 29 Conn. 515; Rogers v. Smith, 2 S. & R. 363; Com. v. McClos Hoskins, 15 Ga. 270; McKinsey v. Ankey, 2 Rawle, 369; Wright v. Marsh, derson, 4 Dana, 62; Tracy v. Reed, 4 2 Greene (Iowa), 94; Galsworthy v. Blackf. 56; Davis v. Dunklee, 9 N. H. Durrant, 8 Weekly R. 594; Shaftes- 545; Parker v. Colcord, 2 N. H. 36. bury v. Russell, 1 B. & C. 666, 673, 674; And see 2 Kent, Com. 121-126; (MatCates v. Knight, 3 T. R. 442, 444; tel v. Conant, 156 Mass. 418, 31 N. E. Cooke v. State Nat. Bank, 52 N. Y. 96. R. 487; Warner v. Hopkins, 111 Pa. 31 Bl. Com. 90.

St. 328, 2 Atl. R. 83, 56 Am. D. 266; * Kerbey v. Siggers, 2 Dowl. P. C. Trawick v. Brown, 74 Tex. 522, 12 659; Kirby v. Siggers, 2 Dowl. P. C. S. W. R. 216.) 813; Johnston v. Bower, 4 Hen. & M.

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current jurisdiction is precluded from entertaining the like suit while this one is pending. The rule, therefore, is that the court first taking jurisdiction is entitled to retain it to the end.' So,

Indict under statute or common law.— It is every-day practice in the criminal courts to proceed against an offender either under a statute or at the common law, as the prosecuting power elects. Even where an indictment is meant to be drawn on a statute, if it proves defective as such, yet is good at the common law, it stands,— the court rejecting the concluding words, "against the form of the statute,” as surplusage. And,

Election where no repeal. - In all cases where the new statute does not repeal the prior law, both laws have a concurrent efficacy, and suitors may elect under which to proceed."

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11 Bishop, Mar. Women, § 634; 1 would still lie at common law. WaterCrim. Pro., & 315; Withers v. Den- ford & Whitehall Turnpike v. P., 9 mead, 22 Md. 135; Buck v. Colbath, 3 Barb. 161. And see S. v. Virt, 3 Ind. Wall. 334; Mason v. Piggott, 11 Ill. 447. 85; McNab v. Heald, 41 II 326; * Crim. Pro., I, § 601; Rex v. DickStearns v. Stearns, 16 Mass. 167; S. v. enson, 1 Saund. (Wms. ed.) 135, note; Yarbrough, 1 Hawks, 78; Thompson Reg. v. Wigg, 2 Ld. Raym. 1163; v. Hill, 3 Yerg. 167.

Benuet v. Talbois, 1 Ld. Raym. 149; 2 1 Saund. Wms. ed. (6th) 135b, note; S. v. Walker, N. C. Term R. (Taylor), Gooch v. Stephenson, 13 Me. 371; S. 229. U. Abram, 4 Ala. 272. See S. v. Sa- So recognizance.- A recognizance vannah, T. U. P. Charl. 235, [4 Am. D. not strictly conformable to the stato 708;] S. v. Wilkinson, 2 Vt. 480, (21 ute may be good at the common law. Am. D. 560;) Reg. v. Tinsley, Reg. v. Phelps v. Parks, 4 Vt. 488, the court Brightside Birelow, and Reg. v. Atter. referring to Fanshaw v. Morrison, 3 cliffe cum Darnall, 4 New Sess. Cas. Ld. Raym. 1138; Johnson v. Laserre, 47, 14 Jur. 174, 19 Law J. (N. S.) M.C. 2 Ld. Raym. 1459; Young v. Shaw, 1 50; S. v. Morton, 27 Vt. 310, (65 Am. D. Chip. 224; S. P., Reg. v. Ewer, Holt, D. 201;] S. v. Norton, 3 Zab. 33; S. v. 612. And see Crim. Pro., I, § 264a. Berry, 4 Halst. 374; S. v. Branham, 13 4 Broom, Leg. Max. (2d ed.) 25; FosS. C. 389; Washington, etc. Turnpike ter's Case, 11 Co. 56, 62; Richards v. v. S., 19 Md. 239; Ex parte Birchfield, Dyke, 3 Q. B. 256, 268; Gooch v. Ste52 Ala. 377; S. v. Worden, 46 Cond. phenson, 13 Me. 371; Fuller v. S., 1 349. See S. v. Boogher, 71 Mo. €81. Blackf. 63; Almy v. Harris, 5 Johns. Where the charter of a turnpike cor- 175; Platt v. Sherry, 7 Wend. 236; poration provided a penalty for a Farmers' Turnpike v. Coventry, 10 failure to keep the road in repair, but Johns. 389; Colden v. Eldred, 15 contained no negative words, the Johns. 220; [Am. Co v. Batesville, court held that an indictment for 139 Ind. 77.] non-repair against the corporation

II. THE DOCTRINE OF THE DIVISIBILITY OF LAWS AS AVOIDING,

BY ADMITTING OF PARTIAL REPEAL, THE NECESSITY OF ENTIRE

REPEAL. § 164a. Nature of divisibility. The law being, alike while it remains the pure common law and when it is augmented by statutes, a seamless mass in distinction from a mere collection of separate parts,' a carving off, by a repugnant statute, of a portion from the mass to be held as impliedly repealed, may cut as well through the written as the unwritten old. The separation cannot always be made absolutely anywhere, because the nature of the matter may forbid; but it can be made as well through the statutes, without reference to their clauses in formal terms, as through the common law. Now,

Illustrations. For illustrations of this doctrine the reader is referred to the cases in which statutes are held to be void in part for unconstitutionality, and by-laws void in part as unauthorized. Other illustrations will appear as we proceed.

$ $ 165. Repeal or modification — (Partial, of statute).-In the last chapter we saw something of so much of this doctrine as relates to the implied repeal of a prior statute. It may be partial.' And such partial repeal is, in essence, simply a branch of that sort of modification of law by law to which a chapter further back is devoted. It is not always in the books called by the name repeal. Nor would it be a violent departure from usage in legal language to say that, whenever an earlier provision and a later can to any extent stand consistently together, there is no repeal, but only a modification of law by law. If there is a partial conflict, the prior law is, to the extent of it, abrogated; but where such prior law consists of a statute, we do not say, speaking of it as a whole, that it is repealed.

$ 166, Where separable.- In illustration of the doctrine that, for repeal, the law is separable at some places and not at others, according to the matter composing it,® and as show1 Ante, & 163b.

sequent general law, unless there be 2 Ante, g 34.

such repugnancy between them that 3 Ante, g 157.

they cannot both be complied with 4 Ante, § 122 et seq.

under any circumstances." De Armas 5 This doctrine was stated in part Case, 10 Mart. (La.) 158, 172. by Mathews, J., as follows: “A par- 6 Ante, $ 164a. ticular law is not repealed by a sub

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ing something of the bounds of the doctrine, yet not exhausting the subject, the following will be helpful:

Offense and punishment. We can always separate the offense from the punishment. So that, for example, a statute

a new punishment for an old offense repeals by implication only so much of the prior law as concerns the punishment; leaving it permissible to indict an offender either under the old law, whether statutory or common, and inflict on him upon conviction the punishment ordained by the new,' or under the new statute, at the election of the prosecuting power.2 The offense and punishment, therefore, may be defined by different laws; and so, as we have seen, if á statute simply creates an offense, the common-law punishment may by implication be imposed. But as law without its penal or other like sanction is impossible, if there is a statute, not merely reenacting the common law, but creating an offense and fixing its penalty, then another statute repeals so much of this one as relates to the penalty, all right to prosecute for a violation of it is gone. The abolition of the punishment abolished the crime."

Still, $ 167, Form of indictment.- In mere form of the indictment, it was ruled at an English trial, and so in authority the better English doctrine seems at the common law to have been, that, where the offense was originally created by a statute, affixing to it a penalty, and a subsequent statute increased the penalty, the indictment must conclude against the form of the statutes, in the plural. But this is at most a mere technical

Com. v. Searle, 2 Binn. 332, 339, Mod. 378, 379. See, however, Felix (4 Am. D. 446;] Williams v. Reg., 7 v. S., 18 Ala. 720. Q. B. 250; S. v. Wilbor, 1 R. I. 199, 3 Ante, & 138. (36 Am. D. 245;] McCann v. S., 13 4 Crim. Law, I, SS 6–8. Sm. & M. 471; S. v. Thompson, 2 Reg. v. Adams, Car. & M. 299. See Strob. 12, [47 Am. D. 588;] Rex v. S. v. King, 69 N. C. 419; S. v. Smith, Berry, 1 Moody & R. 463; S. v. Will. 44 Tex. 443; Smith v. S., 7 Tox. Ap. iams, 2 Rich. 418, [45 Am. D. 741;] 286.

Bridges, 8 East, 53. But see 6 Reg. v. Adams, Car. & M. 299. S. v. Bongher, 71 Mo. 631.

71 Chit. Crim. Law (2d Eng. ed.), ?Rex v. Dickenson, 1 Saund. (Wms. 291, and Am, notes; 2 Gab. Crim. Law, ed.) 135; Rex v. Dixon, 10 Mod. 335, 246; Lee v. Clarke, 2 East, 333, 339; 337, Say, 226; Rex v. Urlyn, 2 Saund. Rex v. West, Owen, 134. (Wms. ed.) 308, note; Rex v. Chat- 8 For the distinction, see Crim. Pro., burn, 1 Moody, 403; Sir John Knight's 1, $ 605. Case, 3 Mod. 117; Rex v. O'Brian, 7

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