Latin Legal Terms


Dormio – this Latin noun literally means sleep, slumber, siesta or nap. The word participates in the legal maxim “Vigilatibus non dormietibus aequitas subvenit”. It represents legal understanding, implemented in the legislation of some countries that if the opposing party in a court trial unreasonably delays bringing an action, that it is no longer considered fair their claim to be heard, because of the huge changes in the circumstances of the lawsuit, resulting out of their delay.
The word relates also to the Latin legal maxim “lex vigilantibus, non dormientibus, subvenit”. It provide that the law assists the vigilant, not the sleepy person. This is why people should exercise their legal rights instead of just waiting.

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