Ben O'Callaghan Company brought suit on a promissory note in the Civil Court of Fulton County against Security Development & Investment Company. 1
Pursuant to Code Ann. 46-101, entitling plaintiff to the process of garnishment where suit is pending, O'Callaghan filed in conjunction with its pending suit an affidavit and bond for garnishment which was served upon Rose, Silverman & Hunt, a law partnership. Pursuant to Code Ann. 46-102, O'Callaghan's affidavit was made before the deputy clerk of the Fulton Civil Court and recited that "Security Development & Investment Company, defendant, is indebted to said plaintiff in the sum of $36,500.00 principal, $1,370.00 interest, $5,680.50 attorney's fees, and $19.50 court cost and that said plaintiff has a suit pending in suit no. 310883 at the Term, 1970 of the Civil Court of Fulton County, and that affiant has reason to apprehend the loss of said sum or some part thereof unless process of garnishment issues."
Rose, Silverman & Hunt, garnishee, answered that it was not indebted to Security Development and had none of its property or effects. O'Callaghan traversed this answer, and subsequently both O'Callaghan and the garnishee moved for summary judgment. O'Callaghan's motion was granted and garnishee's motion was denied, and garnishee appeals from both judgments with a certificate for immediate review. Held:
Some two months after the judgments complained of were entered, the United States Supreme Court, in reversing North Georgia Finishing, Inc. v. Di-Chem, Inc., 231 Ga. 260 (201 SE2d 321)
, struck down as unconstitutional the pre-judgment garnishment statutes and procedures utilized here. North Georgia Finishing, Inc. v. Di-Chem, Inc., 43 U. S. L. Week 4192 (U. S. Jan. 22, 1975), conformed to North Georgia Finishing, Inc. v. Di-Chem, Inc., supra. We must therefore hold this garnishment proceeding, which was instituted prior to final judgment in the main action, void and of no effect, and we reverse both judgments with direction that final judgment be entered in favor of the garnishee, Rose, Silverman & Hunt.