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Rule 185. Suit on Sworn Account (1971)
When any action or defense is founded upon an open account or other claim for goods, wares and merchandise, including any claim for a liquidated money demand based upon written contract or founded on business dealings between the parties, or is for personal service rendered, or labor done or labor or materials furnished, on which a systematic record has been kept, and is supported by the affidavit of the party, his agent or attorney taken before some officer authorized to administer oaths, to the effect that such claim is, within the knowledge of affiant, just and true, that it is due, and that all just and lawful offsets, payments and credits have been allowed, the same shall be taken as prima facie evidence thereof, unless the party resisting such claim shall, before an announcement of ready for trial in said cause, file a written denial, under oath, stating that each and every item is not just or true, or that some specified item or items are not just and true; provided, that when such counter-affidavit shall be filed on the day of the trial the party aserting such verified claim shall have the right to' postpone such cause for a reasonable time. When the opposite party fails to file such affidavit, he shall not be permitted to' deny the claim, or any item therein, as the case may be.
Amended by order of July 21, 1970, eff. Jan. 1, 1971: The language "stating that such claim is not just or true, in whole or in part, and if in part only, stating the items and particulars which are unjust" has been changed to "stating that each and every item is not just or true, or that some specified item or items are not just and true."
|Prior Amendments||Future Amendments|
|Oct. 29, 1940, eff. Sept. 1, 1941||Dec. 5, 1983, eff. April 1, 1984|
|Oct. 12, 1949, eff. March 1, 1950|