Latin Legal Terms

Dominus

Dominus or “domino” – this Latin term literally means God, master, lord. It relates to the word “dominatus”, which literally means domination, tyranny. The word participates in the legal maxim “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur”, applicable in the Litigation procedures. Literally it means “a person who pursues in this action as much for the king as himself”, but actually it states that a party which has helped others in the legal proceedings, should be entitled to receive part of the remedy given by court.
The word participates in the legal term “dominus litis”, which literally means “a master of lawsuit” and refers to the figure of a person, to who the lawsuit belongs. He has an interest in the fair decision of a case. A synonym is “Deus”.

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