What is PIGNORIS CAPIO?

Lat. In Roman law. This was tlie name of one of the legis actioncs. It was employed only in certain particular kinds of pecuniary cases, and con- sisted in that the creditor, without preliminary suit and without the co-operation of the magistrate, by reciting a prescribed formula, took an article of property from the debtor to be treated as a pledge or security. The proceeding bears a marked analogy to dis- tress at common law. Mackeld. Rom. Law,

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