Latin Legal Terms

Capto

Capto – This Latin word means: to grab; to acquire, to try to get (something). In practice, it participates in the legal phrase “de homine capto in withernamium”, which referres to ancient legal rule, applicable in the Roman Empire. This rule provided that a person, who has helped a slave and took him out of the area by the way of revenge, should be imprisoned until the slave is taken back to the possession of their own master (owner). So basically this legal rule had the role to avoid helping slaves to escape.
The word participates also in the phrase “clerico capto per statutum mercatorum”, which in the are of Criminal Law details a court order for freeing or bringing out a clerk, who was held in prison for breach of particular Laws.

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