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Legal Language and Maxims

Legal language is the language of law,lawyers and Courts. Necessity of legal language arises in many circumstances. Oral representations, submissions and arguments before Courts will often become necessary in a variety of circumstances for a practicing lawyer. An advocate must use proper legal terms in their proper contexts. Legal language is indispensable for editing and writing text books, articles, reports and digests and for teaching subjects on law.

Law students should try their best to acquire and develop their thorough knowledge of legal principles and deep comprehension of legal terminology,both substantive and procedural.


The object of this work is to encourage in law students a study of the first principles of the law, without a knowledge of which all other is useless ; and, with that object, its chief professed merit is, simplicity of arrangement. The student must not suppose that, because the number of maxims specially considered and explained in the first part of the work amounts to 100 only, he must search elsewhere for other maxims to assist him in his legal studies. He may rest assured that this work, small as it may appear, contain all those maxims or rules of law which are necessary to enable him to obtain a perfect knowledge of the first principles of the common law, and by which alone he can obtain such knowledge. He may rest assured, also, that all others are but part and parcel of these, though their number be legion. Nor should it be omitted to be stated, that the student must not suppose that these maxims are mere obsolete Latin phrases, referring to bygone days, having no applicability to the law as now administered in this country ; or that, being so applicable, they are so only as to some general principles too theoretical to be of service to ,a modern practitioner; but, let him be assured, that they are of every day use and appli- cation, and of absolute necessity in the consideration of each minor branch of the two great divisions of the law, civil and criminal, and of the numberless subjects continually occurring in the ordinary transactions of daily life within the range of each such branch.

The student must also be pleased to bear in mind that this is not a book intended to be carelessly read, and then as carelessly laid aside; but, that it is intended that the whole of the 100 maxims and translations be committed to memory. This may be very easily done in the course of a few weeks, and when so done, with consideration and care, the student will find that the knowledge so acquired will be of incalculable benefit to him, not only now as a student, but in his after career as a lawyer. Maxims of law not being, as the law, constantly changing, but remaining the same always, as unerring principles of truth, in accordance with which, all laws now, and hereafter to be made, have been, and will be made, and being made, have been hitherto, and will still be interpreted.


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Created on 2020/11/24 14:25 by Japhin Raj • Last modified on 2021/04/09 22:13 (external edit)