P.L. 1997, CHAPTER 2, approved January 24, 1997

Senate, No. 1216






An Act concerning certain liens, and amending N.J.S.2A:44-51.


    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


    1. N.J.S.2A:44-51 is amended to read as follows:

    2A:44-51. Every keeper of a livery stable or boarding and exchange stable, shall have a lien on all animals left with him in livery, for board, sale or exchange and upon all carriages, wagons, sleighs and harness left with him for storage, sale or exchange for the amount due such proprietor for the board and keep of such animal and also for such storage, and shall have the right, without process of law, to retain the same until the amount of such indebtedness is discharged.

    As used in this section, "keeper of a livery stable" shall include, but need not be limited to, a proprietor of a stable, a trainer, a veterinarian, a farrier, or any other person who has a financial relationship with the owner of the horse.


    2. This act shall take effect immediately.





    The purpose of this bill is to broaden the scope of the "Stableman's Lien Act" to include not only the owners of farms and stables, but others who provide services through those premises, such as trainers, veterinarians and farriers. The "Stableman's Lien Act" has remained unchanged since it was enacted in 1872. This bill would ensure that the law is interpreted to coincide with changes in society and the equine industry, by extending the benefit of the law to other professionals and contractors that perform services through a particular stable or farm.


Expands scope of "Stableman's Lien Act."