Latin Legal Terms


Divisio (or “divisa”) – this Latin verb relates to the act of division; creating a boundary. In practice, the word participates in the legal maxim “cijus est division, alterius est electio”. It is used in the Inheritance Law, where states that in situations where one heir divides the pot of assets, then the other heir has the right to choose first what to get. This legal principle ensures that both parties will act in a fair way to divide the assets.
It also relates to the legal term “divistun imperium”, which literally means “a divided empire”. In the legal practice it details a situation where two courts share jurisdiction over the same territory.
Nowadays we use the legal term “division” or “distribution”.

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