Latin Legal Terms


Delinquo – this Latin verb means to fail, be wanting (fail in duty), to commit a crime. In the legal practice, the word participates in the maxim “Debet quis juri subjacere ubi delinquit”, applicable in the area of criminal Law. There it establishes that a person who has committed a crime or tort, should be sued per the Law, applicable in the area where the crime or tort has been committed. I.e. no other Laws should be applicable, but the law of “terra”, i.e. the Law of land.
The forms the legal term “delinquentia”, applicable in the Criminal Law. There it refers to the crime, the offense, considered as a wrongful and harmful act against the public order and against the Law.

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