Legal Latin Phrases

  1. Aliud est punire, aliud vindicare - One thing is to punish, to vindicate is another (Legal Term Leonard Lessius 1554-1623)
  2. Alter parens - Other Parent (Legal term - Person whom something is owe )
  3. Amicus curiae - A friend of the court (Legal term - Advisor in matter of law)
  4. Animus confidenti - Intention to confess (Legal term)
  5. Animus defendendi - Intention to defend (Legal term)
  6. Animus domini - Intent to be owner (Legal term)
  7. Animus donandi - Intention to make a gift (Legal term)
  8. Animus iniuriandi - Intent to injure (Legal term normally written as cum animo iniuriandi)
  9. Animus iocandi - Intent to joke (Legal term)
  10. Animus laedendi - Intent to injure (Legal term)
  11. Animus necandi - Intent to harm (Legal term)
  12. Animus rem sibi habendi - Intent to keep the thing (Legal term)
  13. Animus revertendi - Intent to return (Legal term - Roman law applied to lost animals. They no longer belonged to their owner, if they left the property without the intent to return)
  14. Animus solvendi - Intention to pay (Legal term)
  15. Argumentum a maiori ad minus - Argument from major to minor (Legal term)
  16. Argumentum a minori ad maius - Argument from minor to minor (Legal term)
  17. Argumentum ad antiquitatem - Argument to antiquity (Legal term - Consist of saying that if something is done by tradition then it is not illegal)
  18. Argumentum ad baculum - Argument by the cane (Legal and Philosophical term - Argument by force or threat)
  19. Argumentum ad consequentiam - Argument to the consequences (Legal and Philosophical term)
  20. Argumentum ad cruneman - Argument to the purse (Legal and Philosophical term - A fallacy that says that something must be true, because the one who makes it is rich - Compare with argumentum ad lazarum)
  21. Argumentum ad iuditium - Argument to the justice (Legal term)
  22. Argumentum ad lazarum - Argument to poverty (Legal and Philosophical term - A fallacy that says that something must be true, because the one who makes it is poor - Compare with argumentum ad cruneman)
  23. Argumentum ad verecundiam - Argument to respect (Legal term - he said, she said)
  24. Audi et alteram partem - Let us hear the other side (Legal term)
  25. Aut dedere aut iudicare - Either extradite or prosecute (Legal Term - International law)
  26. Beati possidentes - Blessed are those who have (Legal Term - "Possession is nine points of the law")
  27. Bis de eadem re ne sit actio - The action cannot be brought over again (Legal term - Any attempt to obtain a judicial re-hearing of the same question)
  28. Bona fide - In good faith (Legal term - Documents that establish one's credential)
  29. Bona fides semper praesumitur nissi mala adesse probetur - Good faith is always presumed, if bad faith is not proven (Legal term)
  30. Bonae fidei possessor suos facit fructus consumptos - The possessor in good faith makes his the fruits consumed (Legal term - Possession is ninth tens of the law)
  31. Bonum commune praeminet bono singulari unius personae - The common good is more important than the particular good (Legal and Ethical term - Saint Thomas Aquinas - It is, or should be, one of the most important social principles for the state, and foundation of Administrative Law)
  32. Bonum ex integra causa, malum ex quocunque defectu - An action is good only if each element in it is good; It is bad if any one of those elements is bad (Legal and Ethical term - Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  33. Brevi manu - With short hand (Legal term - Without legal warrant - Ownership by possession - Compare with longa manu)
  34. Calumniare est falsa crimina intendere - Slander is a false crime charge (Legal term)
  35. Capitis deminutio - Lowering of status (Legal term - Civil death: Lose of liberty, citizenship or family ties)
  36. Casus fortuitus a mora excusat - Fortuitous events should excuse a party (Legal term)
  37. Causa causae est causa causati - The cause of the cause is the cause of the effect (Legal term)
  38. Causa criminalis non praeiudicat civile - A criminal case predicate the civil case (Legal term)
  39. Causa iudicata individua est - A judged matter is indivisible (Legal term)
  40. Causa mortis - Caused by death (Legal term)
  41. Causa petendi - Alleged cause (Legal term)
  42. Caveat emptor - Buyer beware (Legal term - Sold as is, no warranty)
  43. Cessante ratione legis, lex ipsa cessat - when the reason for a law no longer exists, the law itself ceases to exist (Legal term)
  44. Codex iuris Civilis - Code of Civil Law (Legal term)
  45. Cogitationis poenam nemo patitur - Nobody should be punished for his thoughts (Legal term)
  46. Com res iudicata aliis non prosit - Double jeopardy does not benefit others (Legal term)
  47. Condicio existens ad initium negotii retrohabetur - The existence of the condition goes back at the beginning of the business transaction (Legal term)
  48. Condicio iuris - Legal condition (Legal term - A requirement imposed by law for the validity of a transaction)
  49. Condicio optime - Optimum condition (Legal term)
  50. Condicio sine qua non - Condition without which it could not be (Legal and Philosophical term)
  51. Condiciones, quae contra bonos mores inserentur, remittendae sunt - Conditions that added against good morals release should be treated as not written (Legal term)
  52. Condominium - Common domain (Legal term - belongs to all parties)
  53. Confessus pro iudicato est, qui quodammodo sua sententia damnatur - The one who confesses during trial condems himself, and in a way dictates his sentence (Legal term - Julius Paulus Digest 42,1,50,1)
  54. Confessus pro iudicato habetur - The confessed is held as judged (Legal term - Ulpianus - Digest 42,1,56)
  55. Confiteri quis in iudicio non tantum sua voce, sed et litteris et quacumque modum potest - Anyone can confess in court not only verbally, but in writing or otherwise. (Legal term de Julius Paulus Sentenciae V,3)
  56. Consensus facit legem - Consensus makes the law (Legal term)
  57. Consul suffectus - Appointed Consul (Legal term)
  58. Contra factum non valet argumentum - There is no valid argument against a fact (Legal term)
  59. Contra legem - Against the law (Legal term)
  60. Contra naturam - Against nature (Legal and philosophical term)
  61. Contra proferentem - Against the one that makes the offer (Legal term)
  62. Contra scriptum testimonium - Against written testimony (Legal term)
  63. Contractus - Contract (Legal term)
  64. Contractus est pacto duorum pluriunve in idem plactium consensus - Contract is the bilateral agreement that is accepted by both parties (Legal term)
  65. Contractus lex - Law of the contract (Legal term)
  66. Corpus delicti - Body of crime (Legal term - Evidence)
  67. Corpus Iuris Civilis - Body of Civil Law (Legal term)
  68. Creditor est - The creditor is (Legal term)
  69. Cui bono - To whose benefit? (Legal term - Who gains by the crime?)
  70. Cui prodest? - To whose benefit? (Legal term - Who gains by the crime?)
  71. Cui prodest scelus, is fecit - Who benefits by the crime, he is the guilty man (Seneca Medea - Legal Term - Usually asked in court as Cui prodest?)
  72. Cuius est solum, eius est usqe ad caelum et usqe ad infernos - The one who owns the land owns the sky above it and the subsoil beneath (Legal term)
  73. Cuius per errorem dati repetitio est, eius consulto dati donatio est - The one who gave something by deception has the right to get it back; the one who gave intentionally made a donation (Legal term)
  74. Cuius periculum est, et commodum eius esse debet - The one who took the risk, must also take the profit (Legal term)
  75. Culpa caret, qui scit, sed prohibere non potest - Is without fault, the one who knows how, but cannot prevent it (Legal term)

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