Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee



  • appellate jurisdiction the right of a court to hear cases previously heard by other, lower courts
  • comity legal reciprocity shown between different governments or jurisdictions
  • coram non judice a legal term used to describe a legal proceeding without proper venue or jurisdiction
  • devisee a person who inherits land through a will
  • ejectment a common law term to describe the recovery of land (“real property”)
  • escheat the right of a state to take property that has no legal heirs or claimants
  • ex industria by industry or labor
  • ex post facto operating retroactively
  • General Government the federal government of the United States
  • in pais performed out of court
  • non constat a legal term meaning “it is not certain”; refers to information that is hard to argue in court
  • original jurisdiction the right of a court to hear a case for the first time
  • quo minus a writ sworn out by a debtor, claiming that he has been injured by his or her creditor and is thus unable to pay his or her debt
  • right of...
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