Cameron v. McRoberts - 16 U.S. 591 (1818)
U.S. Supreme Court
Cameron v. McRoberts, 16 U.S. 3 Wheat. 591 591 (1818)
Cameron v. McRoberts
16 U.S. (3 Wheat.) 591
APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
The circuit courts have no power to set aside their decrees in equity on motion after the term at which they are rendered.
Where McR., a citizen of Kentucky, brought a suit in equity in the Circuit Court of Kentucky against C.C., stated to be a citizen of Virginia, and E.J. and S.E., without any designation of citizenship, all the defendants appeared and answered, and a decree was pronounced for the plaintiff, it was held that if a joint interest vested in C.C. and the other defendants, the court had no jurisdiction over the cause. But that if a distinct interest vested in C.C. so that substantial justice, so far as he was concerned, could be done without affecting the other defendants, the jurisdiction of the court might be exercised as to him alone.