Latin Legal Terms


De – this Latin word literally means down from, concerning, about (something). In practice, the word participates in the term “de bene esse deposition”, which details a deposit to guarantee that a witness will appear on the court hearing to give oral testimony and respectively to be examined by the parties. It also participates in the phrase “trespass de bonis asportatis”, which applies in the area of Criminal Law where refers to the robbery of movables (for example, stealing money from your pockets).

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