LEGAL MAXIMS USEFUL FOR LAWYERS

1.Quod per me non possum, nec per alium

What I cannot do through myself, I cannot do through another.

 

 

2.NEMO POTEST FACERE PER ALIUM QUOD PER SE NON POTEST

No one can do through another what he cannot do himself.

 

 

3. Ubi jus ibi remedium

a Latin legal maxim which means “where there is a right there is a remedy”.

 

 

4. Pacta privata juri publico non derogare possunt

Private contracts cannot derogate from public law.

 

 

5. DUO NON POSSUNT IN SOLIDO UNAM REM POSSIDERE

Two cannot possess one thing each in entirety.

 

 

6. Nemo debet esse judex in propria causa

No-one should be a judge in his own cause

7. Audi alteram partem

 

Listen to the other side”, or “let the other side be heard as well”. It is the principle that no person should be judged without a fair hearing in which each party is given the opportunity to respond to the evidence against them.

 

 

8. De minimis lex non curat

A common law principle whereby judges will not sit in judgment of extremely minor transgressions of the law.

 

 

9. Contra non valentem agere nulla currit praes c r i p tio

Doctrine of Contra Non Valentem comes from the Latin expression ‘contra non valentem agere nulla currit praes c r i p tio,’ which means “a pres c r i p tion does not run against one who is unable to act.”

 

 

10. MELIOREM CONDITIONEM SUAM FACERE POTEST MINOR DETERIOREM NEQUAQUAM

 

A minor can make his position better, never worse.

 

 

11. Actus Non Facit Reum Nisi Mens Sit Rea

Actus Non Facit Reum Nisi Mens Sit Rea is a Latin maxim which means that an act to be illegal, the person should do it with a guilty mind.

 

 

12.A Mensa Et Toro

The literal meaning of the term is “from bed and board.” A divorce a mensa et toro, is rather a separation of the parties by act of law, than a dissolution of the marriage.

 

13. Absoluta Sententia Expositore Non Indiget

 

Absoluta sententia expositore non indiget is a Latin term. It means ‘an absolute judgment needs no expositor.’ A sentence that is plain and absolute does not need an expositor.

 

 

14. NON REFERT QUID NOTUM SIT JUDICI SI NOTUM NON SIT IN FORMA JUDICII

It matters not what is known to the judge if it is not known judicially.

 

 

15. NON DEFINITUR IN JURE QUID SIT CONATUS

 

What an attempt is, is not defined in law

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