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LEGAL MAXIMS
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[ Also see Law ]

A trust is an obligation of conscience of one to the will of another.
      - Francis Bacon

The king never dies.
      - Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries
         (IV, 249), (Latin),
        also Broom's Legal Maxims (max. 50)

The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
      - Lord Edward Coke, Reports, Semaynes' Case
         (vol. III, pt. V, p. 185),
        also found in Broom's Legal Maxims, max. 432

A public law or right cannot be altered by the agreements of private persons.
      - Legal Maxim

Agreement makes law.
      - Legal Maxim

An uncalled-for defence becomes a positive accusation.
      - Legal Maxim

Ancient custom is always held or regarded as law.
      - Legal Maxim

Custom is held to be as a law.
  [Lat., Consuetudo pro lege servatur.]
      - Legal Maxim

Custom is the best interpreter of laws.
      - Legal Maxim

Deeds are more powerful than words.
      - Legal Maxim

Equity assists ignorance, but not carelessness.
      - Legal Maxim

Equity favors wives and children, creditors most of all.
      - Legal Maxim

Equity never counteracts the laws.
      - Legal Maxim

From his silence a man's consent is inferred.
      - Legal Maxim

Guilt makes equal those whom it stains.
      - Legal Maxim

Hard cases make bad law.
      - Legal Maxim

He confesses his guilt who flies from his trial.
      - Legal Maxim

He is guilty of barratry who for money sells justice.
      - Legal Maxim

He who comes into a court of equity must come with clean hands.
      - Legal Maxim

He who committed inequity shall not have equity.
      - Legal Maxim

He who flees judgment confesses his guilt.
      - Legal Maxim

He who is first in time has the prior right.
      - Legal Maxim

He who seeks equity must do equity.
      - Legal Maxim

He who sins when drunk will have to atone for it when sober.
      - Legal Maxim

He who stands on his own rights injures no one.
      - Legal Maxim


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