The Foundations Of Equity, "he Who Seeks Equity Must Do Equity.", "he Who Comes Into Equity Must Come With Clean Hands.""Equity follows the law.", "Equity acts specifically.", "Equity regards substance rather than form."
Maxims were originally quoted in Latin, and many of the Latin phrases continue to be familiar to lawyers in the early 2000s. The maxims were not written down in an organized code or enacted by legislatures, but they have been handed down through generations of judges. As a result, the wording of a maxim may vary from case to case. For example, it is a general rule that equity does not aid a party at fault. This maxim has been variously expressed:
No one is entitled to the aid of a court of equity when that aid has become necessary through his or her own fault.
Equity does not relieve a person of the consequences of his or her own carelessness.
A court of equity will not assist a person in extricating himself or herself from the circumstances that he or she has created.
Equity will not grant relief from a self-created hardship.
The principles of equity and justice are universal in the common-law courts of the world. They are flexible principles aimed at achieving justice for both sides in each case. No maxim is ever absolute, but all of the principles must be weighed and fitted to the facts of an individual controversy. A rule does not apply when it would produce an unfair result. A party cannot insist that a strict technicality be enforced in his or her favor when it would create an injustice because equity will instead balance the interests of the different parties and the convenience of the public.
"Equity follows the law."
Equity does not replace or violate the law, but it backs it up and supplements it. Equity follows appropriate RULES OF LAW, such as the RULES OF EVIDENCE and pretrial discovery.
"Equity acts specifically."
This maxim means that a party who sues in equity can recover the precise thing that he or she seeks rather than monetary damages as a substitute for it. This maxim is the remedy of SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE.
"Equity regards substance rather than form."
Equity will not permit justice to be withheld just because of a technicality. Formalities that frustrate justice will be disregarded and a better approach found for each case. Equity enforces the spirit rather than the letter of the law alone.
Hoffer, Peter Charles. 1990. The Law's Conscience: Equitable Constitutionalism in America. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press.
Kraut, Jayson, et al. 1983. American Jurisprudence. Rochester, N.Y.: Lawyers Cooperative.
- Maxim - The Foundations Of Equity
- Maxim - "he Who Seeks Equity Must Do Equity."
- Maxim - "he Who Comes Into Equity Must Come With Clean Hands."
- Maxim - "equity Aids The Vigilant, Not Those Who Slumber On Their Rights."
- Maxim - "equity Delights To Do Justice And Not By Halves."
- Maxim - "equity Will Not Suffer A Wrong To Be Without A Remedy."
- Maxim - "equity Is Equality."
- Maxim - "between Equal Equities The Law Will Prevail."
- Maxim - "between Equal Equities The First In Order Of Time Shall Prevail."
- Maxim - "equity Abhors A Forfeiture."
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