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LEGAL MAXIMS
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[ Also see Law ]

A madman is punished by his madness alone.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 15)

It is a wretched state of slavery which subsists where the law is vague or uncertain.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 150)

Law regards equity.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 151)

The law pays regard to equity.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 151)

There cannot be given a reason for all the things which have been established by our ancestors.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 157)

They who seek a reason for everything subvert reason.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 157)

Many things have been introduced into the common law, with a view to the public good, which are inconsistent with sound reason.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 158)

The law is the more praised when it is approved by reason.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 159)

The reason of the law ceasing, the law itself ceases.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 159)

The cause ceases, the effect ceases.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 160)

Not to appear is the same thing as not to be.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 165)

A plea of the same matter the dissolution of which is sought ought not to be brought forward.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 166)

An exception of the same thing whose avoidance is sought cannot be made.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 166)

A conclusion as to the use of a thing from its abuse is invalid.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 17)

Drunkenness both inflames and reveals every crime.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 17)

He who sins when drunk shall be punished when sober.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 17)

What is built upon land belongs to or goes with land.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 172)

He to whom the greater is lawful ought not to be debarred from the less as unlawful.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 176)

When more is done than ought to be done, that at least shall be considered as performed which should have been performed.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 177)

That which is bad in its commencement improves not by lapse of time.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 178)

Privilege is of no force against the commonwealth.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 18), also Bacon's Maxims
         (p. 32, reg. 5)

Public necessity is greater than private.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 18), also Noy's Maxims (max. 34)

That which ought not to be done, when done, is valid.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 182)

Nothing that is inconvenient is lawful.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 186, 366)

That consideration is strongest which determines in favor of religion.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 19)


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