This is an original action by the relator against the Superior Court of Vanderburgh County and the Judge thereof to prohibit the respondents from exercising further jurisdiction in Cause No. B-9245, captioned Uel S. Flanigan and Lydia Flanigan v. Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission et al., pending in the Superior Court of Vanderburgh County.
The petition reveals that Uel S. Flanigan and Lydia Flanigan held a permit issued by the State of Indiana to sell beer and wine at retail. The permittees were charged with the selling of alcoholic beverages to a minor, contrary to the laws of this state, and, after a hearing and rehearing, the permit was suspended for thirty days from 7:00 a.m. on March 12, 1951.
The permittees filed an injunction suit in the Superior Court of Vanderburgh County to enjoin the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission from enforcing its suspension order, and to have subsections (a) and (b) of § 12-443, Burns' 1942 Replacement (1949 Supp.), declared unconstitutional. The trial court issued a restraining order. A plea in abatement was filed to the injunction suit, along with a motion to dissolve the restraining order and dismiss the action. The trial court sustained the plea in abatement, dissolved the
A temporary writ of prohibition then was issued by this court.
The relator contends that the trial court is without jurisdiction in the injunction suit, and is without jurisdiction to issue a contempt citation, for the reason that there is no property right involved. Subsections (a) and (b) of § 12-443, Burns' 1942 Replacement (1949 Supp.), supra, provide as follows:
To be empowered to act, a trial court must not only have jurisdiction of the parties and of the subject matter, but also have jurisdiction of the particular class of cases. State ex rel. Ferger v. Circuit Ct. (1949), 227 Ind. 212, 216, 84 N.E.2d 585. In the case now before us, the trial court did not have jurisdiction of the particular class of cases.
The trial court had no jurisdiction to grant a restraining order or an injunction against the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission which would in any manner interfere with the granting or suspension of a beer and wine permit, because there is no property right involved. It follows from what we have said that if the trial court had no jurisdiction in the injunction suit, it had no jurisdiction to issue a citation for contempt based upon the violation of a restraining order.
NOTE. — Reported in 99 N.E.2d 247.