Latin Legal Terms

Errantis voluntas nulla est

Errantis voluntas nulla est – this Latin phrase literally means “the will of a mistaken is void”. It describes a fundamental Civil Law principle, stating that legal actions, undertaken by a plaintiff who is in mistake (for example, where mislead), should not take effect. The root of the phrase is the word “erratum” – which details that something has been done in error; a mistake. In the legal practice, the word applies in the sphere of Court Proceedings, where refers to pleadings stating that errors have occurred during the process. “Erratum” also relates to the legal maxim “cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare”, which states that any person can do a mistake, but only the fool persists in his mistakes.

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