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Important Legal Maxims Important Legal Maxims

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Important Legal Maxims

Arma in armatos sumere jura sinunt - The laws permit the taking up of arms against the armed.

Audi alteram partem - Hear the other side.

Aula regis - The King's Court.

Aequitas legem sequitur - Equity follows the law.

Actus nemini facit injuriam - The act of the law does no one wrong.
Actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea - The act does not make one guilty unless there be a criminal intent.

Boni judicis est judicium sine dilatione mandare executioni - It is the duty of a good judge to cause execution to issue on a judgment without delay.
Boni judicis lites dirimere est - It is the duty of a good judge to prevent litigation.
Bonus judex secundum aequum et bonum judicat et aequitatem stricto juri praefert - A good judge decides according to justice and right and prefers equity to strict law.
Breve judiciale non cadit pro defectu formae - A judicial writing does not fail through defect of form.

Conventio privatorum non potest publico juri derogare - An agreement of private persons cannot derogate from public right.
Coram Domino Rege - In the presence of our Lord the King.
Coram non judice - Before one who is not a judge.
Corpus - Body.
Corpus delicti - The body, i.e. the gist of crime.
Corpus humanum non recipit aestimationem - A human body is not susceptible of appraisement. 
Crescente malitia crescere debet et poena - Vice increasing, punishment ought also to increase.
Crimen omnia ex se nata vitiat - Crime vitiates every thing, which springs from it.
Crimen trahit personam - The crime carries the person.

De jure - Rightful, by right.

Impotentia excusat legem - Impossibility is an excuse in the law.

In criminalibus probationes debent esse luce clariores - In criminal cases the proofs ought to be cleared than the light.


In jure non remota causa sed proxima spectatur - In law not the remote but the proximate cause is looked at.

In quo quis delinquit in eo de jure est puniendus - In whatever thing one offends in that he is to be punished according to law.

In republica maxime conservanda sunt jura belli - In a State the laws of war are to be especially observed.

Intentio inservire debet legibus, non leges intentioni - Intention ought to be subservient to the laws, not the laws to the intention.

Interpretare et concordare leges legibus est optimus interpretandi modus - To interpret and harmonize laws is the best method of interpretation.

Iter arma leges silent - In war the laws are silent.
Judex est lex loquens - A judge is the law speaking.

Jura naturae sunt immutabilia - The laws of nature are immutable.

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