Latin Legal Terms


Effectus - This Latin word literally means doing, execution, performance, effect or result. In the legal practice, it participates in the legal maxim “Non officit conatus nisi sequatur effectus”, that literally means “an attempt works no injury unless a result follows’. It states that an attempt becomes harmful only if a consequence follows. In other words, if you try to break a public fence, they cannot charge you for braking it, only because of pushing it. The fence should be damaged by you, so your liability for the breaking, could apply.

The word relates also to the legal phrase “officit conatus si effectus sequatur”, applicable in Tort Law. There it describes the legal principle that one action is harmful, only if the result follows. In other words, in order to pursue compensation, the claimant should have sufficient proofs that he/she has occurred concrete material or mental damages or loses. In other words, you cannot claim compensation for damages if no negative results occurred to you. This is why the compensation should not be mixed with the sanction, which is something else – namely punishment for illegal behavior.

Synonyms of “effectus” are “eventus” and “impetro”.

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