2-9-512. Defects not to affect liability. (1) Whenever an official bond does not contain the substantial matter or conditions required by law or there are any defects in the approval or filing thereof, it is not void so as to discharge such officer and sureties, but they are equitably bound to the state or party interested and the state or such party may, by action in any court of competent jurisdiction, suggest the defect in the bond, approval, or filing and recover the proper and equitable demand or damages from such officer and the persons who intended to become and were included as sureties in such bond.
(2) No official bond entered into by any officer or any bond, recognizance, or written undertaking taken by any officer in the discharge of the duties of his office shall be void for want of form, substance, recital, or condition or the principal or surety be discharged. The principal and surety shall be bound by such bond, recognizance, or written undertaking to the full extent contemplated by the law requiring the same and the sureties to the amount specified in the bond or recognizance or written undertaking. In all actions on a defective bond, recognizance, or written undertaking, the plaintiff or relator may suggest the defect in his complaint and recover to the same extent as if such bond, recognizance, or written undertaking were perfect in all respects.
History: (1)En. Sec. 1066, Pol. C. 1895; re-en. Sec. 393, Rev. C. 1907; re-en. Sec. 484, R.C.M. 1921; Cal. Pol. C. Sec. 963; re-en. Sec. 484, R.C.M. 1935; Sec. 6-315, R.C.M. 1947; (2)En. Sec. 1, Ch. 193, L. 1907; re-en. Sec. 394, Rev. C. 1907; re-en. Sec. 485, R.C.M. 1921; re-en. Sec. 485, R.C.M. 1935; Sec. 6-316, R.C.M. 1947; R.C.M. 1947, 6-315, 6-316.