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DIAZ V. GONZALEZ, 261 U. S. 102 (1923)

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Diaz v. Gonzalez, 261 U.S. 102 (1923)

Diaz v. Gonzalez

No. 263

Argued January 24, 1923

Decided February 19, 1923

261 U.S. 102


1. Power to authorize a parent to sell the interest of a minor child in land in Porto Rico is not limited by the Porto Rican Civil Code, § 229, as amended in 1907, to the district court of the judicial district in which the property is situated, but may be exercised, under §§ 76 and 77 of the Code of Civ.Proc.1904, by the court of another district to which the ex parte application is submitted. P. 261 U. S. 103.

2. An interpretation of law which has become a rule of property, accepted by the practise of a community, should not be disturbed unless certainly wrong. P. 261 U. S. 105.

3. Peculiar deference is due from this Court to the views of local matters taken by courts which, like the courts of Porto Rico, have inherited and been brought up in a different system of law to that which prevails here. P. 261 U. S. 105.

276 F. 108 reversed.

Page 261 U. S. 103

Certiorari to a judgment of the circuit court of appeals reversing one by the Supreme Court of Porto Rico in favor of the present respondents in their suit to set aside a sale of land.

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