Latin Legal Terms

Brevis

Brevis - short, small, brief. For example, in the area of Civil Law, during a pre-trial hearing the court makes a brief explanation about the case and its details, in order to set the moments & points of dispute between the parties. Another example lays in the Criminal Law, where a jail sentence could be a short one – couple weeks or months only (applicable for small felonies, usually done against the public order). The word relates to “brevitas”, which means shortness, brevity; and as well to the word “breviter”, translated as “briefly”.

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