Joint Debtors’ Acts Law and Legal Definition

Joint Debtors’ Acts are statutes found in most jurisdictions which permit the rendition of judgment against one or more of joint obligors.

The following is an example of a case law referring to Joint Debtors’ Acts:

“By statutes in many States, usually called Joint Debtors' Acts, it is provided that where several persons are jointly liable on an obligation and some of them cannot be subjected to the jurisdiction of the court, judgment may be rendered against those who are subject to the jurisdiction of the court to be satisfied out of their property and also out of any property within the jurisdiction owned jointly by all the joint debtors. Under these statutes a valid personal judgment may be rendered against the defendants who are personally subject to the jurisdiction of the court, and a valid judgment may be rendered enforceable against the joint property of the defendants within the State, although the property was not attached prior to the rendition of the judgment and even though it had not then been acquired by the defendants.” [Freeman v. Smith, 83 N.W.2d 834 (N.D. 1957)].