Latin Legal Terms


Accessio – its origin is the verb “accedere” that literally means “approach”. Nowadays in terms of Criminal Law the term “accessory” is used, because it defines the figure of a person who assists, advises or encourages another one to commit a crime or to do a fraud, which usually will benefit you, although you are not the actual one who committed it. In many jurisdictions for some serious crimes such activity is a subject of a punishment, where on the criminal trial the court will equally punish a person who helps or advises another person to commit a crime or to do a fraud. A synonym is “abet”.

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