Latin Legal Terms


Venia – this Latin word means grace, indulgence, favor, pardon, forgiveness. In practice, usually within the area of Criminal Law, sometimes an Authority like the President has the legal right to give mercy or pardon towards particular sentenced criminal, and to free him/her out of jail. In addition, the Parliament in some legal systems has the legal right to issue pardon for whole type of crimes performed, which pardon affects a huge number of offenders. While the President gives mercy to concrete person only. A synonym is the Latin term “obsequium”, sharing similar meaning.
The word particiaptes in the legal maxim “Non faciat malum, ut inde veniat bonum”, which states that committing crimes is not excused because of the positive outcome of it. So these actions cannot be protected by the Law, neither derogated.

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