amittere liberam legem

amittere liberam legem
/amitsriy libsram liyjsm/
In old English law, to lose one's frank-law. A term having the same meaning as amittere legem terrae, (q.v.). He who lost his law lost the protection extended by the law to a free man, and became subject to the same law as thralls or serfs attached to the land. To lose the privilege of giving evidence under oath in any court; to become infamous, and incapable of giving evidence. If either party in a wager of battle cried "craven" he was condemned amittere liberam legem; 3 Bl.Comm. 340

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • amittere liberam legem — To lose his free law; to lose the privilege of a court; to lose the right to testify; to become outlawed. See 3 Bl Comm 340 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • liberam legem amittere — Same as legem amittere …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • liberam legem amittere — /libaram liyjam amiteriy/ To lose one s free law (called the villainous judgment), to become discredited or disabled as juror and witness, to forfeit goods and chattels and lands for life, to have those lands wasted, houses razed, trees rooted up …   Black's law dictionary

  • libera lex — /lib(a)ra leks/ In old English law, free law; frank law; the law of the land. The law enjoyed by free and lawful men, as distinguished from such men as have lost the benefit and protection of the law in consequence of crime. Hence this term… …   Black's law dictionary

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