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Foreign legal terms

a fortiori

adjective, adverb

used for saying that something that is true for one case is even more true in another case

a posteriori

adjective, adverb

using knowledge, evidence, or experience to make a judgment or decision about something that has already happened

a priori

adjective, adverb

using knowledge or experience that you already have in order to make a judgment or decision

bona fides

noun

evidence or proof that someone has sincere feelings or is who they claim to be

de jure

adverb

legally

de jure

adjective

legally accepted

force majeure

noun

an unexpected event that stops you doing something that you promised to do in a contract

pro bono

adjective, adverb

done without the usual payment that a lawyer charges

sine die

adverb

without arranging a date for another meeting

sub judice

adjective, adverb

a legal case or piece of evidence that is sub judice is being considered by a judge or in a court and some details of it cannot be discussed in public

terra nullius

noun

in Australia, the legal idea that when the first Europeans arrived in Australia the land was owned by no one and therefore they were free to live there. This idea is not now part of Australian law.

in camera

happening in private, without other people knowing what is said

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resurrection

the occasion on which Jesus Christ was brought back to life after his death, according to the Bible

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