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LEGAL MAXIMS
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[ Also see Law ]

Lawful acts are well mingled, unless some form of law forbid.
      - Legal Maxim, Bacon's Maxims
         (p. 94, reg. 24)

In law, the proximate, and not the remote, cause is regarded.
      - Legal Maxim, Bacon's Maxims (reg. 1)

Lawful commands receive a strict interpretation, but unlawful command a broad and extended one.
      - Legal Maxim, Bacon's Maxims (reg. 16)

An act already begun, the completion of which depends on the will of the parties, may be revoked; but if it depend on the will of a third person, or on a contingency, it cannot be revoked.
      - Legal Maxim, Bacon's Maxims (reg. 20)

Words are to be taken so that they may have some effect.
      - Legal Maxim, Bacon's Works (4, 258)

Law favoreth life, liberty and dower.
      - Legal Maxim, Bacon's Works (4, 345)

It is a greater crime to kill one's self than another.
      - Legal Maxim, Bart Maxims (108)

He who has the dominion or advantage has the risk.
      - Legal Maxim, Bart Maxims (33)

The law of England rules that the offspring shall always follow the condition of the father, never that of the mother.
      - Legal Maxim, Bart Maxims (59)

The welfare of the people is the supreme law.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 1-10), also Bacon's Maxims
         (reg. 12)

Where there is the same reason, there is the same law, and the same judgment should be rendered on the same state of facts.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 103)

The less authority is merged in the greater.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 111)

No man ought to be his own judge, or to administer justice in cases where his relations are concerned.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 116, 124)

No one can be at once suitor and judge.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 117)

Obedience to existing laws is a sufficient extenuation of guilt before a civil trial.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 12)

In the fiction of law there is always equity.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 127, 130)

A legal fiction does not properly work loss or injury.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 129)

No one is considered to act with guild who uses his own right.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 130)

The trodden path is the safest.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 134)

He who is silent is supposed to consent.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 138, 787)

Common error sometimes passes current as law.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 139, 140)

Necessity defends or justifies what it compels.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 14)

To declare the law, not to make it.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 140)

So, the law will not, in general, notice the fraction of a day.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 142)

Every innovation occasions more harm by its novelty than benefit by its utility.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 147)


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