List of latin phrases for lawyers

Wikipedia has an entry entitled “List of Legal Latin terms.”  Looking over this list, I’d estimate I recognize about 50% of the terms covered.  For good or for ill, we lawyers (and judges) still have a fondness for sprinkling in the occasional Latin in our legal writings–even as “plain English” is now the preferred method of writing taught in law school classrooms.  This list should come in handy for any layman reading a legal document–and for the practitioner who wants to spice up his filings with a little Latin flair.



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