Maxims of equity

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The maxims of equity evolved, in Latin and eventually translated into English, as the principles applied by courts of equity in deciding cases before them.

Among the traditional maxims are:

  • Equity regards as done that which ought to be done.
  • Equity will not suffer a wrong to be without a remedy.
  • Equality is equity.
  • Equity regards substance rather than form.
  • One who seeks equity must do equity.
  • One who comes into equity must come with clean hands.
  • Equity aids the vigilant, not those who slumber on their rights.
  • Equity imputes an intent to fulfill an obligation.
  • Equity acts in personam. (Against the person, not their property)
  • Delay defeats equity.
  • Equity will not concern itself with abstract wrongs.
  • Equity abhors a forfeiture.
  • Equity does not require an idle gesture.
  • Equity will not permit a party to profit by his own wrong.
  • Equity delights to do justice and not by halves.
  • Equity will take jurisdiction to avoid a multiplicity of suits.
  • Equity follows the law.
  • Equity will not aid a volunteer.
  • Between equal equities the law will prevail.
  • Between equal equities the first in order of time shall prevail.

In modern times, law students have summed up the meaning of the maxims as:

  • Equity taketh no shit.

See also: brocard

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