Section 28-4-286Institution of proceedings for condemnation of vehicles, etc.; seized property not to be retaken by replevin or detinue during pendency of action; intervention by parties claiming superior right to seized property; powers of court to regulate proceedings to permit parties claiming vehicles, etc., to assert rights.
It shall be the duty of such officer in the county or the Attorney General of the state to institute at once or cause to be instituted condemnation proceedings in the circuit court by filing a complaint in the name of the state against the property seized, describing the same, or against the person or persons in possession of said vehicles of transportation, if known, to obtain a judgment enforcing the forfeiture. No replevin or detinue writ may be employed to retake possession of such seized property pending the forfeiture action, but any party claiming a superior right may intervene by motion in said action and have his claim adjudicated.
The judge presiding in said circuit court or any division thereof may superintend and make all proper orders and orders of publication of notice to be published for all parties claiming the said vehicles to come in and assert their right thereto. The said court shall have authority to frame all orders of procedure so as to regulate the proceedings that persons may have an opportunity to come in and propound their claim to the vehicles and conveyances sought to be condemned.
(Acts 1919, No. 7, p. 6; Code 1923, §4779; Code 1940, T. 29, §248.)