There are several definitions for the term “Devolution.” This word is used in law to describe the transfer of property that occurs as a result of a person’s death, bankruptcy, receivership, bankruptcy, and/or liquidation of a corporation that is the holder of an application or mineral title or an interest therein. The trustee or representative will receive the application or mineral title. A person who has a mineral rights interest that has devolved by operation of law must apply to the Minister for registration of the devolution using the prescribed form.


The term “liability” is a broad one. Almost any form of duty, obligation, debt, responsibility, or hazard deriving from a contract, tort, or statute is covered by this term. Contracts frequently govern the scope of liability. This is one of the most important legal terms, implying legal responsibility for one’s actions or omissions. If a person or business fails to meet that obligation, it may face a lawsuit for any resultant damages or a court order to perform. To win a case, the plaintiff must show that the defendant is legally liable if the plaintiff’s allegations are proven to be accurate. This necessitates proof of a responsibility to act, a failure to do so, and a link between the failure and the plaintiff’s injury or harm. Liability also pertains to alleged criminal conduct, in which the defendant may be held liable for his or her actions, putting him or her liable for conviction and punishment.

Joint Liability

Joint Liability is the type of liability that arises when two or more partners are jointly accountable for the payment of a debt. One of the major advantages of Joint Liability is that it allows the parties to share the risks of taking on debt while also protecting themselves against lawsuits. Joint and Several Liability is discussed in Section 43 of the Indian Contract Act of 1872. The distinction between Joint and Several Liability is fundamental. Joint Liability refers to a circumstance in which two or more parties involved in a business share liability, whereas the latter refers to a situation in which all parties are liable for their separate contributions to a tortious act. To understand them better, let’s have a look at Section 43 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872.

Section 43 of The Indian Contract Act, 1872- Joint and Several Liability

Any one of joint promisors may be compelled to perform.—When two or more persons make a joint promise, the promisee may, in the absence of express agreement to the contrary, compel any 1[one or more] of such joint promisors to perform the whole of the promise. —Each promisor may compel contribution.—Each of two or more joint promisors may compel every other joint promisor to contribute equally with himself to the performance of the promise, unless a contrary intention appears from the contract. —Sharing of loss by default in contribution.—If any one of two or more joint promisors makes default in such contribution, the remaining joint promisors must bear the loss arising from such default in equal shares. —Explanation.—Nothing in this section shall prevent a surety from recovering, from his principal, payments made by the surety on behalf of the principal, or entitle the principal to recover anything from the surety on account of payment made by the principal. Illustrations:

(a) A, B and C jointly promise to pay D 3,000 rupees. D may compel either A or B or C to pay him 3,000 rupees.

(b) A, B and C jointly promise to pay D the sum of 3,000 rupees. C is compelled to pay the whole. A is insolvent, but his assets are sufficient to pay one-half of his debts. C is entitled to receive 500 rupees from A’s estate, and 1,250 rupees from B.

(c) A, B and C are under a joint promise to pay D 3,000 rupees. C is unable to pay anything, and A is compelled to pay the whole. A is entitled to receive 1,500 rupees from B.

(d) A, B and C are under a joint promise to pay D 3,000 rupees. A and B being only sureties for C. C fails to pay. A and B are compelled to pay the whole sum. They are entitled to recover it from C.

Section 42 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872- Devolution of Joint Liabilities

When two or more person have made a joint promise, then, unless a contrary intention appears by the contract, all such persons, during their joint lives, and, after the death of any of them, his representative jointly with the survivor or survivors, and, after the death of the last survivor the representatives of all jointly, must fulfil the promise.

Explanation of Section 42 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 – Devolution of Joint Liabilities

A proper focus has been put on the definition of Devolution of Joint Liabilities under Section 42 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872. When at least two persons have formed a joint guarantee, each of them should fulfil the guarantee during their shared lifetimes, unless an opposing goal emerges from the agreement. Following the death of any of them, his delegates, along with the survivor or survivors, must fulfil the guarantee. Following the death of the final survivor, the agents of all should fulfil the guarantee.


The Devolution of Joint Liabilities has presented a broad notion based on a variety of natural grounds that can be used as a starting point for a larger discussion. To ensure that the sections of this matter are properly clarified, the basic principles must be made plain in this instructive and complete picture. Section 42 of the Contract Act lays down a solid foundation for legal concerns. This clause of the Indian Contract Act of 1872 provides a good foundation, and it may continue to do so in the future as laws evolve.



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