Mar 4, 2011

21 Common Legal Terms And Their Meanings

This post features a collection of 21 important legal terms and their meanings. After all its always good to know more.


1. Ad hoc - For this (purpose).


2. Ad interim - In the meantime.


3. Ad valorem - According to the estimated value.


4. Affidavit - A written statement made voluntarily under an oath or affirmation (by the party making it)


5. Bona Fide - In good faith.


6. Caveat - A warning or caution.


7. Defendant - The person against whom a charge is brought out in the court of law.


8. Ex curia - Out of court


9. Ex gratia - Out of grace.


10. Ex parte - By or for one party.


11. Hearing - The trial of a case of suit brought out in the court of law.


12. Intra vires - Within the powers of (an act, ect)


13. Ipso facto - By the very fact.


14. Lex loci - Law of the place or country.


15. Prima facie - At first sight.


16. Plaintiff - The person who files a complaint in the court of law.


17. Pro facto - For the fact.


18. Sedition - An offence against the state.


19. Status Quo - The existing state of affairs.


20. Testimony - Oral evidence by a witness.


21. Ultra Vires - Beyond the powers (of an Act, authority ect).