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Actionable per se – The very act is punishable and no proof of damage is required.

Ad hoc – For the particular end or case at hand.

Alibi – At another place, elsewhere

Audi alteram partem – No man shall be condemned unheard.

Amicus Curiae – A friend of court or member of the Bar who is appointed to assist the Court.

Assentio mentium – The meeting of minds, i.e mutual assents

Doli incapax – Incapable of crime.

Detinue – Tort of wrongfully holding goods which belong to someone else.

Denatio mortis causa – Gift because of death.

Estoppel – Prevented from denying.

Ex parte – Proceedings in the absence of the other party.

Ex gratia – As a favour.

Ex officio – Because of an office held.

Fatum – Beyond human foresight.

Justitia nemini neganda est – Justice is to be denied to nobody.

Lex non a rege est violanda – The law must not be violated even by the king.

Locus standi – Right of a party to an action to appear and be heard by the court and be heard by the court.
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Mala fide – In bad faith.

Mandamus – ‘We command’. A writ of command issued by a Higher Court to Government/Public Authority, to compel the performance of a public duty.

Mens rea – Guilty mind.

Misnomer – A wrong or inaccurate name or term.

Modus operandi – Way of working.

Modus Vivendi – Way of living.

Nemo bis punitur pro eodem delicto – Nobody can be twice punished for the same offence.

Nemo debet esse judex in propria causa – Nobody can be judge in his own case.

Nolle prosequi – a formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit.

Novation – Transaction in which a new contact is agreed by all parties to replace an existing contract.

Quo warranto – By what authority. A writ calling upon one to show under what authority he holds or claims a public office.

Ratio decidendi – Principle or reason underlying a court judgement.

Res ipsa loquitor – The thing speaks for itself.

Rex non protest peccare – The king can do no wrong.

Salus populi est suprema lex – The welfare of the is the supreme law.

Status quo – State of things as they are now.

Sine die – “with no day”(indefinitely).

Sine qua non – “without which nothing”. An essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary. Basically a component of an argument that, if debunked, causes the entire argument to crumble.

Ubi jus ibi remedium – Where there is a right, there is a remedy.

Vis major – Act of God.

Volenti non fit injuria – Damage suffered by consent gives no cause of action.

Veto – Ban or order not to allow something to become law, even if it has been passed by a parliament.

Vice versa – Reverse position.

Waiver – Voluntarily giving up or removing the conditions.


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