Henry McCleary Timber Co. v. Sewell, 3912

Citation292 P.2d 197, 72 Nev. 7
Case DateJanuary 09, 1956
CourtSupreme Court of Nevada

James A. Callahan, Winnemucca, Anderson, Kaufman & Anderson, Boise, Idaho, for appellant.

Orville R. Wilson, Elko, for respondent.


This matter is before us on motion of respondents to strike the opening brief of appellant now on file in this court, upon the ground that appellant had failed to file the same within the time prescribed. The brief was due November 10, 1955 and was filed November 17, 1955. In opposition to the motion counsel for appellant have filed an affidavit explaining the reasons for the delay in filing.

This court has had occasion recently to express to the members of the bar its concern with the delays in briefing which have become almost a matter of standard practice. In this respect it is anticipated that Rule XI, paragraph 7 of the rules of this court, will shortly be amended. Notwithstanding our general feeling in this regard and with no intent to establish precedent as to practice under any amendment to Rule XI which may be had, it is our view that the motion before us must be denied. Several considerations combine to impel us to this conclusion.

1. Where an appeal has not been perfected in this court within the time provided by rule, this court in the past (prior to the promulgation of N.R.C.P.) has regarded as a waiver of the default the failure of respondent to move to dismiss until after the default had been cured by tardy filing of the record. Squires v. Mergenthaler Linotype Co., 60 Nev. 62, 99 P.2 20; Styris v. Folk, 62 Nev. 208, 130 P.2d 614, 146 P.2d 782; Hotels El Rancho v. Pray, 64 Nev. 22, 176 P.2d 236. Cf. Goodhue v. Shedd, 17 Nev. 140, 30 P. 695; Adams v. Rogers, 31 Nev. 150, 101 P. 317; Padilla v. Mason, 53 Nev. 226, 296 P. 1083; Roberts v. Roberts, 63 Nev. 459, 174 P.2d 611. While the rule may well now be different under N.R.C.P. so far as concerns the filing of record and docketing of appeal, the filing of briefs remains governed by our supplementary rules of court and the cited authorities would still appear to be pertinent to our exercise of discretion in such cases.

2. Although the affidavit filed by counsel for appellants can hardly be said to make out a clear case of excusable neglect, still the case made out does serve to dispel any question of lack of good faith in the prosecution of the appeal.

3. The delay was but for one week. (By previous stipulations extensions totaling three weeks had been granted.) No prejudice has been shown to have resulted to the respondent. Had application been made to this court for an extension of time for the reasons stated in appellan...

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  • Coleman v. Thompson, 4067
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Nevada
    • 19 Diciembre 1957
    ...misunderstanding may be held to constitute good cause for relief from such neglect. In our view it may not. In Henry McCleary Timber Company v. Sewell, 72 Nev. 7, 292 P.2d 197, this court in January, 1956 had occasion to refer to delays in briefing matters pending before this court. We ther......

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