Terms Used In Missouri Laws 525.140

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.

Upon the filing of the interrogatories aforesaid, the garnishee shall exhibit and file his answer thereto, on oath, within six days thereafter, if the term shall so long continue, if not, during such term, unless for good cause shown the court shall order otherwise.  In default of such answer, the plaintiff may take judgment by default against him, or the court may, upon motion, compel him to answer by attachment of his body; provided, in all cases where the garnishee is a corporation and fails to answer as above provided, the court may, upon motion, compel said corporation to answer by attaching the body of the president, secretary, treasurer, auditor, paymaster or deputy paymaster of such corporation, in which case the said corporation shall be liable for all the costs accruing by reason of such attachment.