Section 12-2-13

Standard for decision of cases in which existing opinion and former ruling in case conflict.

The Supreme Court, in deciding each case when there is a conflict between its existing opinion and any former ruling in the case, must be governed by what, in its opinion, at that time is law, without any regard to such former ruling on the law by it; but the right of third persons, acquired on the faith of the former ruling, shall not be defeated or interfered with by or on account of any subsequent ruling.

(Code 1867, §666; Code 1876, §579; Code 1886, §683a; Code 1896, §3840; Code 1907, §5965; Code 1923, §10287; Code 1940, T. 13, §28.)