Miller v. Joseph/Opinion of the Court

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United States Supreme Court

84 U.S. 655

Miller  v.  Joseph

The writ of error in this case must be dismissed. The Court of Appeals of Virginia had no jurisdiction to review the decree of the Circuit Court of Rockingham County, and therefore rightfully refused to allow an appeal therefrom. The amount in controversy was less than five hundred dollars, and the constitution of Virginia, of 1870, withholds jurisdiction from the Court of Appeals in civil cases where the matter in controversy is under that sum, with certain exceptions within which the present case does not fall. The Circuit Court of Rockingham County is the highest tribunal of the State in which a decision of the case could be had, and if a writ of error to review its judgment was allowable at all from this court, it should have been issued to that court and not to the Court of Appeals. [*]



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