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SPEARMAN et al. v. JAUDON.
CHAPMAN v. JAUDON.
54828.
54829.
QUILLIAN, Presiding Judge.
Action for damages. Effingham Superior Court. Before Judge Hawkins.
The instant companion appeals were brought from the sustaining of defendant's motions for judgment on the pleadings. The motions were predicated on the fact that in a former action judgment had been rendered for the defendant and this was now res judicata as to the present suits. The former judgment was attached as an exhibit to each of the motions for judgment on the pleadings, but the record of the prior case was not introduced or made a part of the present record. Held:
Before a judgment in a former action will operate as res judicata it must appear that the former action was based on the same cause of action and between the same parties or their privies. Lewis v. Price, 104 Ga. App. 473, 474 (1) (122 SE2d 129). The suits must involve the same subject and substantially the same prayer and must be between the same parties. Stevens v. Stembridge, 104 Ga. 619, 622 (31 SE 413).
In order to determine if the requisites of the doctrine of res judicata have been met, the record of the prior case must be examined. "Thus, if a prior case is to have a res judicata application, the record of the prior case must be introduced in evidence." Doyal & Associates v. Blair, 138 Ga. App. 314, 315 (226 SE2d 109). See Salter v. Salter, 80 Ga. App. 263, 266 (55 SE2d 868); Holcombe v. Jones, 197 Ga. 825, 830 (30 SE2d 903).
In this case since there is no evidentiary showing that the former case is res judicata, the former record was not proffered and judicial notice as to what previously transpired could not have been taken, it was error for the trial judge to sustain the defendant's motions.
Willis J. Richardson, Jr., for appellee.
Crawford & Erb, Ronald C. Crawford, Robert J. Erb, for appellants.
SUBMITTED NOVEMBER 8, 1977 -- DECIDED FEBRUARY 9, 1978 -- REHEARING DENIED MARCH 7, 1978 -- CERT. APPLIED FOR.
Friday May 22 03:51 EDT


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