In the civil law. A species of right of way, consisting in the right of driving cattle, or a carriage, over the land subject to the servitude. Inst. 2, 3, pr. It is sometimes translated a “road,” and Included the kind of way termed “iter,” or path. Lord Coke, who adopts the term “actus” from Bracton, defines it a foot and horse way, vulgarly called “pack and prime way;” but distinguishes It from a cart way. Co. Litt 56a; Boyden v. Achenba«h, 79 N. C. 539. In old English law. An act of parliament; a statute. A distinction, however, was sometimes made between actus and statutum. Actus parliamenti was an act made by the lords and commons; and it became statutum, when it received the king’s consent Barring. Obs. St 46, note 6.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
In the civil law. An act or action. Non tantum verbis, sect etiam actu; not only by words, but also by act. Dig. 46, 8, 5.
ACTUS CURIAE NEMINEM GRAVABIT An act of the court shall prejudice no man. Jenk. Cent 118. Where a delay in an action is the act of the court neither party shall suffer for it.
ACTUS DEI NEMINI FACIT INJURIAM The act of God does injury to no one. 2 Bl. Comm. 122. A thing which is inevitable by the act of God, which no industry can avoid, nor policy prevent, will not be construed to the prejudice of any person in whom there was no laches. Broom, Max. 230.
ACTUS DEI NENINI EST DAMNOSUS The act of God is hurtful to no one. 2 Inst. 287. That is, a person cannot be prejudiced or field responsible for an accident occurring without his fault and attributable to the “act of God.” See ACT.
ACTUS JUDICIARIUS CORAM NON JUDICE IRRITUS HABETUR, DE MINISTERIAL AUTEM A QUOCUNQUE PROVENIT RATUM ESTO A judicial act by a judge without jurisdiction is void; but a ministerial act, from whomsoever proceeding, may be ratified. Lofft 458.
ACTUS LEGIS NEMINI EST DAMNOSUS The act of the law is hurtful to no one. An act in law shall prejudice no man. 2 Inst. 287. Actus leais nemini faoit injuriam. The act of the law does injury to no one. 5 Coke, 116.
ACTUS LEGITIMI NON RECIPIUNT MODUM. Acts required to be done by law do not admit of qualification. Hob. 153; Branch, Print
ACTUS ME INVITO FACTUS NON EST MENS ACTUS An act done by me, against my will, is not my act Branch, Print
ACTUS NON FACIT REUM, NISI MENS SIT REA An act does not make [the doer of it] guilty, unless the mind be guilty; that is, unless the intention be criminal. 3 Inst. 107. The intent and the act must both concur to constitute the crime. Lord Kenyon, 0. J., 7 Term 514; Broom, Max. 306.
ACTUS REPUGNUS NON POTEST IN ESSE PRODUCI A repugnant act cannot be brought into being, t. e., cannot be made effectual. Plowd. 355.
ACTUS SERVI IN IIS QUIBUS OPERA EJUS COMMUNITER ADHIBITA EST, ACTUS DOMINI HABETUR The act of a servant in those things In which he is usually employed, is considered the act of his master. Lofft, 227.