Latin Legal Terms


Idem – this Latin term literally means: The same. When you detail sources of information, you use “idem” to detail that the particular source came from the same source as the previous one. The word forms the legal phrase “ne bis in idem”, which states the legal maxim that legal proceedings cannot be initiated twice for the same act or crime. The word relates also to the legal term “idem sonans”, which means “sounds the same”. It applies in the Criminal Trials, where there is presumption about the identity of concrete person as long as his personal details are written or spelled correctly.

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