Ancillary Garnishment Law and Legal Definition

Ancillary garnishment is the usual remedy of garnishment invoked in aid of the collection of plaintiff's demand in an action. In some jurisdictions, garnishment is a principal action and the execution of the garnishment is the method by which the action is commenced.

An action begun by a plaintiff in an attachment suit against one summoned therein as a garnishee is an ancillary proceeding, and cannot be prosecuted to judgment before the plaintiff has recovered judgment in the principal suit. [Adler-Goldman Com. Co. v. Bloom, 62 Ark. 616 (Ark. 1896)].