What is PLACITUM?

In old English law. A public assembly at which the king presided, and which comprised men of all degrees, met for consultation about the great affairs of the kingdom. Cowell. A court; a judicial tribunal; a lord’s court. Placita was the style or title of the courts at the beginning of the old nisi prius record. A suit or cause in court; a judicial proceeding; a trial. Placita were divided into placita corona; (crown cases or picas of the crown, i. e., criminal actions) and placita PLACITUM 902 PLAT eommunia, (common cases or common pleas, i. e., private civil actions.) A fine, mulct, or pecuniary punishment. A pleading or plea. In this sense, the term was not confined to the defendant’s answer to the declaration, but included all the pleadings in the cause, being nomen gen- eralissimum. 1 Saund. 388, n. G. Ill the old reports and abridgments, “plaei- tum” was the name of a paragraph or subdivision of a title or page where the point decided in a cause was set out separately. It is commonly abbreviated “pi.” In tlie civil law. An agreement of parties; that which is their pleasure to arrange between them. An imperial ordinance or constitution; literally, the prince’s jileasure. lust. 1, 2, 6. A judicial decision; the judgment, decree, or sentence of a court. Calvin. Placitnm aliud personale, aliud reale, aliud mktnm. Co. Litt. 284. Pleas [i. e

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