A personal action. The ordinary term for this kind of action in the civil law is actio in personam. Personalis refers to an occasional occurrence.
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In the civil and common law. A personal action. The ordinary term for this kind of action in the civil law is actio in personam, (q. v.,) the word personalis being of only occasional occurrence. Inst. 4, 6, 8, in tit.; Id. 4, 11, pr. 1. Bracton, however, uses It freely, and hence the personal action of the common law. Bract fols. 102a, 1596. See Personal Action. Actio personalis moritur cum persona. A personal right of action dies with the person. Noy, Max. 14. Actio poenalis in haeredem non datur, nisi forte ex damno locupletior naeres factus sit. A penal action is not given against an heir, unless, indeed, such heir is benefited by the wrong. Actio queelibet it sua via. Every action proceeds in its own way. Jenk. Cent. 77.