Legal Maxim : Actiones legis

Author : Tanvi Gupta

Actiones legis is a Latin term which was used mainly in Roman Law meaning Law suits or Lawful action.

In Roman Law legis Actio prevailed from c. 450 B.C. to end of 2nd century B.C. The procedure under Actiones legis was divided into various stages. Firstly, the plaintiff calls the defendant in public to visit court, also he can be taken by force if he refuses.

The trial further is divided in two parts: preliminary hearing before magistrate and the proceedings before judex. Finally, a decision is given by court which if not followed by defendant, he can be taken before magistrate.