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QUOD PERMITTAT PROSTERNERE

That he permit to abate. In old practice. A writ, in the nature of a writ of right, which lay to abate a nuisance. 3 Bl. Comm. 221. And see Conhocton Stone

QUOV1S MODO

Lat. In whatever manner. Quum de lucro duorum quseratur, melior est causa possidentis. When the question is as to the gain of two persons, the title of the party in possession is

Q B

An abbreviation of”Queen’s Bench.”

QUANTUM MERUIT

As much as he deserved. In pleading. The common count in an action of assumpsit for work and labor, founded on an implied assumpsit or promise on the part of the defendant

QUARTA FALCIDIA

In Roman law. That portion of a testator’s estate which, by the Falcidian law. was required to be left to the heir, amounting to at least one-fourth. See Mackeld. Rom. Law,

QUEEN’S PRISON

A jail which used to be appropriated to the debtors and criminals confined under process or by authority of the superior courts at Westminster, the high court of admiralty, and also to

QUIA EMPTORES

“Because the purchasers.” The title of the statute of Westm. 3. (18 Edw. I. c. 1.) This statute took from the tenants of common lords the feudal liberty they claimed of disposing

QUIETUS

In old English law. Quit; acquitted; discharged. A word used by the clerk of the pipe, and auditors in the exchequer, in their acquittances or discharges given to accountants; usually concluding with

QUO MINUS

Lat. A writ upon which all proceedings in the court of exchequer were formerly grounded. In it the plaintiff suggests that he is the king’s debtor, and that the defendant has done

QUOD PERSONA NEC PREBEN- DARII, etc

A writ which lay for spiritual persons, distrained in their spiritual possessions, for payment of a fifteenth with the rest of the parish. Fitzh. Nat Brev. 175. Obsolete. Quod populus postremum jussit,

Q SCANDALUM MAGNATUM

In Eng- lish law. Scandal or slander of great men or nobles. Words spoken in derogation of a peer, a judge, or other great officer of the realm, for which an action

Q B D

An abbreviation of “Queen’s Bench Division.”

QUADRIENNIUM

Lat. In the civil law. The four-years course of study required to be pursued by law-students before they were qualified to study the Code or collection of imperial constitutions. See Inst proem.

QU^ESTIONES PERPETUA,

in Roman law. were commissions (or courts) of in- quisition into crimes alleged to have been committed. They were called “perpetua:,” to distinguish them from occasional inquisitions, and because they were permanent

QUANTUM VALEBANT

As much as they were worth. In pleading. The common count in an action of assumpsit for goods sold and delivered, founded on an implied assumpsit or promise, on the part of

QUARTER

The fourth part of anything, especially of a year. Also a length of four inches. In England, a measure of corn, generally reckoned at eight bushels, though subject to local variations. See

QUERELA

Lat. An action preferred in any court of justice. The plaintiff was called “querens,” or complainant and his brief, complaint, or declaration was called “querela.” Jacob.

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