Miller v. Joseph
ERROR to the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia; the case being thus:
In 1868 one Joseph recovered a judgment in the Circuit Court of Rockingham County, Virginia, against a certain Miller for a sum less than $500-costs and interest included-and issued execution thereon. In 1869 Miller filed a bill in chancery in the same Circuit Court to restrain the collection of the judgment and for a new trial, making Joseph and the sheriff of that county parties. They appeared and answered. The Circuit Court, at the hearing, which was had on the pleadings, dismissed the bill.
The plaintiff then applied to the Supreme Court of Appeals of the State to allow an appeal from the decree of the Circuit Court, but that court refused to allow it. Miller then sued out of this court a writ of error to review this action of the Supreme Court of Appeals. With certain exceptions, not embracing the present case, the constitution of Virginia of 1870 does not allow an appeal in civil cases where the amount in controversy is under $500.
Mr. David Fultz, for the plaintiff in error; Messrs. Woodson and Compton, contra.
Mr. Justice FIELD delivered the opinion of the court.