Legal Maxims

century law firm legal maxim volenti non fit injuria

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Term- volenti non fit injuria Translation- injury is not done to the willing Definition- Notion that a person cannot bring a claim against another for injury, if said person willingly placed themselves in a situation where they knew injury could result.

century law firm legal maxim respondeat superior

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Term- respondeat superior Translation- let the master answer Definition- A concept that the master (e.g. employer) is responsible for the actions of his subordinates (e.g. employees)

century law firm legal maxim Audi alteram partem

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Term- Audi alteram partem Translation- hear the other side Definition- Refers to the idea that one cannot be fairly judged unless the cases for and against them have been heard

century law firm legal maxim ultra vires

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Term- ultra vires Translation- beyond the powers Definition-An act that requires legal authority to perform, but which is done without obtaining that authority.

century law firm legal maxim ratio decidendi

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Term- ratio decidendi Translation- Reason for the decision Definition- The point in a legal proceeding, or the legal precedent so involved, which led to the final decision being what it was.