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, id jus , ratum esto. What the people have last enacted, let that be the established law. A law of the Twelve Tables, the principle of which is still recognized. 1 Bl. Comm. 89. Quod primum est intentione ultimum est in operatione. That which is first in intention is last in operation. Bac. Max. Quod principi placuit legis babet vigo- rem. That which has pleased the prince has the force of law. The emperor’s pleasure has the force of law. Dig. 1, 4, 1; Inst 1, 2, 6. A celebrated maxim of imperial law. Quod prius est verius est; et quod priua est tempore potius est jure. Co. Litt. 347. What is first is true; and what is first in time is better in law. Quod pro minore licitum est et pro majore licitum est. 8 Coke, 43. That which is lawful as to the minor is lawful as to the major.
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