Definition - What does Maxims mean?

Maxims are widely accepted and established principles or facts. Maxims are understood to be sound in terms of reason, and are often presumed to be self evident. In the context of the law, there are many maxims that are generally accepted by courts and the legal system in general.

Justipedia explains Maxims

The concepts that maxims articulate are often used in the practice of law. For example, the maxim, "He who seeks equity must do equity," has a distinct legal precedent. This maxim basically means that those who seek justice against another party must not base their claims around circumstances where they also did something illegal. For example, a man who robs a bank cannot sue his robbery partner if his partner steals the money from the robber.

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