197. If there are several defendants and only one or some of them make default to appear or to plead, the plaintiff may proceed at once to judgment against those in default, by inscribing for judgment by the court, after giving notice to all who have appeared. However, if the court is of opinion that the case requires a uniform decision for all the defendants, whether by reason of the object of the demand or in order to avoid contradictory judgments, it shall not render judgment immediately but shall order that the action be decided by one judgment as regards all defendants.
1965 (1st sess.), c. 80, a. 197.