Latin Legal Terms


Delict (or “delictum”) – literally this Latin noun means “harming”, “injure”, “fault”. In terms of Tort Law, it refers to civil, non-contractual and wrongful action which raises legal bases for claim for compensation. Delict is the most important term in the Tort Law, because it details the beginning of the damage compensation process. This is why in practice the word is used very much in the Common Law system – for example, in the term “Ex delicto”, which details the consequence of a civil crime or tort. “Delict” also applies in the phrase “in flagrante delicto”, which details that a criminal has been arrested in the actual act of committing the crime.

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