Latin Legal Terms


Curia – this Latin noun refers to the body of the court. The court is an independent body that decides legal disputes and delivers justice to people who live within a concrete society and obey same rules. The words participates in forming the legal term “per curiam”, which literally means “through the court”. It is used in court trials, where details a decision, taken by several judges, and it is said that the decision is taken by the court itself, not by the particular judges. Usually these are administrative decisions or decisions for definition of Law. It also participates in the term “curia Regis”, which means “king’s court”. It detailed back in time the crew of advisors who were always with the king to advise him on legal and political matters.

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