The English-speaking lawyer uses Latin terms frequently
The use of Latin in modern legal systems has ancient roots. Today, many observers argue that Latin has no place in modern English, including Legal English. It is claimed that Latin is confusing and pretentious and easily replaced by modern English equivalents.
The fact remains, though, that Latin words and phrases feature prominently in Legal English and many Latin phrases embody legal concepts that are not easily converted into plain English.
Below is a list of common or frequently used Latin words and phrases used in Legal English. You will also find a glossary of common Latin terms and their meanings as used in the law prepared by Her Majesty's Courts Service at www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/infoabout/glossary/latin.htm