Vanderbilt Law Review


T. A. Smedley

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This article examines the operation of the system under which the granting of the discharge is the function of the bankruptcy court but the construction of the effect of the discharge falls within the power of any court in which a creditor happens to bring suit to enforce an obligation of the bankrupt. The customary practice of leaving to the lower state courts the task of determining the dischargeability of specific debts is evaluated, and the bases for having this determination made in the bankruptcy court instead are explored.