Legal Maxims

LEGAL MAXIMS Starting with ‘T’

Talis qualis – Such as it is. Terra firma – Solid ground. Testamenta latissimam interpretationem habere debent – Testaments ought to have the broadest interpretation. Traditio loqui chartam facit – Delivery makes a deed speak. Transit terra cum onere – The land passes with its burden.

LEGAL MAXIMS Starting with ‘L’

Laissez-faire – Political theory where a government does nothing to control the market. The policy of leaving things to take their own course, without interfering. Leges posteriores priores contrarias abrogant – Subsequent laws repeal prior conflicting ones. Legibus sumptis desinentibus legibus naturae utendum est – When laws imposed by the State fail, we must use …

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LEGAL MAXIMS Starting with ‘H’

Habeas Corpus – You have the body. A writ (court order) that commands an individual or a government official who has restrained another to produce the prisoner at a designated time and place so that the court can determine the legality of custody and decide whether to order the prisoner’s release.

LEGAL MAXIMS Starting with ‘G’

Generale nihil certum implicat – A general expression implies nothing certain. Generalia praecedunt, specialia sequuntur – Things general precede, things special follow. Generalia specialibus non derogant – Things general do not derogate from things special. General statements or provisions do not derogate from special statements or provisions. Generalis regula generaliter est intelligenda – A general …

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LEGAL MAXIMS Starting with ‘A’

• A fortiori – for a strong reason.
• A priori – from the antecedent to the consequent.
• A vinculo matrimoni– from the bond of matrimony.
• Ab extra – from outside.
• Ab initio – from the start or inception.

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