Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Trial of Right to Property Seized on Process of Superior Court.


§ 15–521. Notice of claim or exemption; trial.

When personal property taken on execution or other process issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia is claimed by a person other than the defendant therein, or is claimed by the defendant to be property exempt from execution, and the claimant gives written notice to the marshal of his claim, or the defendant gives notice, in writing, that the property is exempt, the marshal shall notify the plaintiff of the claim and return the notice to the court, and a trial of the right of property, or the question of exemption, shall be had before the court.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 530, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 553, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 144(8)(A)(i).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 15-521.

1973 Ed., § 15-521.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 15-522 and § 15-523.


§ 15–522. Docketing of claim; manner of trial.

The case made by the claim referred to in section 15-521 shall be entered on the docket as an action by the claimant or the defendant against the plaintiff and tried in the same manner as other cases before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 530, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 553, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 144(8)(A)(i).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 15-522.

1973 Ed., § 15-522.


§ 15–523. Judgment.

If the property referred to in section 15-521 appears to belong to the claimant or to be exempt from the process, judgment shall be entered against the plaintiff for costs, and the property levied upon shall be released. If the property does not appear to belong to the claimant or to be exempt, judgment shall be entered against the claimant or the defendant as the case may be, for costs, including additional costs occasioned by the delay in the execution of the writ.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 531, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 15-523.

1973 Ed., § 15-523.


§ 15–524. Replevin against officer.

This subchapter does not prevent a claimant other than the defendant from bringing an action of replevin against the officer levying upon the property claimed as described in this subchapter.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 531, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 15-524.

1973 Ed., § 15-524.