ignorantia facti excusat : Ignorance of fact excuses
ignorantia legis neminem excusat : Ignorance of law excuses nobody
impossibilium nulla obligatio est : Impossibility is an excuse for the non-performance of an obligation
in absentia : In absence
In propri cuus nemo judex. No one can be judge in his own cause.
judex est lex loquens : A judge is the law speaking
judex non potest esse testis in propria causa : A judge cannot be witness in his own cause
Judex non potest injuriam sibi datum punire. A judge cannot punish a wrong done to himself.
jura non remote causa sed proxima spectatur : In law the immediate or the proximate and not the remote cause of any event is regarded
jure divino : By divine law
Jus ex injuria non oritur. A right cannot arise from a wrong.
legatum : Legacy
lex : Law
lex domicilii : The law of the place of a person’s domicile
lex fori : The law of the place of action
lex loci contractus : The law of the place where a contract is made lex loci delictus : The law of the country where a tort has been committed
lex loci rei sitae : The law of the place where a thing is situate
lex loci solutionis : The law of the place of performance
mala fide : In bad faith
mala grammatica non vitiat chartam : Bad grammar does not vitiate a deed
mala in se : Acts wrong in themselves
mala prohibita : Acts prohibited by human laws
mandamus : We command
mea culpa : By my own fault
mens legis : The spirit of the law mens rea : Criminal intention or guilty mind One of the cardinal principles of the English Criminal Law is the maxim actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea i.e., a person cannot be convicted and punished in a proceeding of criminal nature unless it can be shown that he had a guilty mind.
mesne : Middle, intermediate