15 legal latin terms to improve your legal jargon

  1. Ab Initio -> from the start or  beginning.
  2. Actus Reus – > the physical act of a crime.
  3. Ad hoc –> done or arranged for a specific purpose
  4. Amicus Curiae -> friend of the court who mainly offers information relevant to the case at hand.
  5. Bona Fide -> in good faith
  6. Bona Vacantia – > ownerless goods, normally claimed by the state
  7. Caveat Emptor – > let the buyer beware
  8. Certiorari -> to be informed of, normally an order by which a higher court reviews a decision of a lower court
  9. Commorientes Р> situation where two or more persons die at about the same time, usually in the same event, but  where it is difficult to determine the order of death ie who died first.
  10. Consortium – > the right to companionship,love,affection and intimacy within a marriage
  11. De facto – > in fact
  12. De Jure – > according to the law
  13. Ex Juris – > outside the jurisdiction of the court
  14. Ex Parte – > for one party or with the absence of the other party to the case
  15. Habeas Corpus – > a court order requiring a detained person to be brought in court to secure their release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.


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