§56-4-22. Same -- Joinder in issue; statement specifying matter in
waiver, estoppel or confession and avoidance.
Upon the plea mentioned in the next preceding section, the
plaintiff may join issue without other pleading. But if the
plaintiff intends to rely upon any matter in waiver, estoppel, or
in confession and avoidance of any matter which may have been
stated by the defendant as aforesaid, the plaintiff must file a
statement in writing, specifying in general terms the matter on
which he intends so to rely; and such statement must be verified by
the oath of the plaintiff, or some other credible person, to the
effect that the affiant believes the matter of reply therein stated
will be supported by evidence at the trial.