Latin Legal Terms

Antecedents

Antecedents – this term comes from the words “antea (adv)” that means "before", “previously” + cedere” that means "to yield". Nowadays “antecedents” is used in the area of Criminal Law in most countries the term refers to the life history and previous convictions of a defendent in a criminal case. This information is given to the court before the sentence is given. When requested by a person for themselves, this information is detailed in a Certificate for antecedents, issued usually by the court.

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