Latin Legal Terms

Tempus

Tempus or “temporis” – this Latin word means “time”. The word participates in the legal maxim “Quod initio non valet, tractu temporis non valet” – that is applicable in the area of Parliamentary Law, where states that a defective act or legislation could not become better ahead in time; it will always be defective. It is used also in the expression “Currit tempus contra desides et sui juris contemptores”, used in the area of court proceedings. There it means that time runs against the slothful and those who neglect their right.

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