Discussing UK law. Links: swarb.co.uk | law-index | Acts | Members Image galleries

De Minimis Non Curat Lex

De Minimis Non Curat Lex

Postby Hairyloon » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:57 am

If the law does not concern itself with trifles, then how small does a case have to be to be considered a trifle? Is there a minimum amount for which you can go to court over?
Obviously it doesn't make a lot of sense to pay £25 court fees to pursue a debt of £5, but OTOH if the debtor will be paying, then why not?
User avatar
Hairyloon
 
Posts: 10568
Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:12 pm
Location: From there to here and here to there... Funny things are everywhere.

Re: De Minimis Non Curat Lex

Postby shootist » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:45 pm

There once was a lawyer named Rex
With minuscule organs of sex.
Arraigned for exposure,
He maintained with composure,
"De minimis non curat lex."
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." MLK.
User avatar
shootist
 
Posts: 3824
Joined: Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:40 pm

Re: De Minimis Non Curat Lex

Postby dls » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:43 pm

Take a look at the 'not worth the candle' defamation cases before the 2013 Act.
David Swarbrick (Admin) dswarb@gmail.com - 0795 457 9992
User avatar
dls
Site Admin
 
Posts: 12526
Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:35 pm
Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire

Re: De Minimis Non Curat Lex

Postby Hairyloon » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:03 pm

dls wrote:Take a look at the 'not worth the candle' defamation cases before the 2013 Act.


Is that a fair test? Defamation cases are notoriously long winded and troublesome: it is all very well saying that they are not worth the candle, but cases such as those would need a big expensive candle.

What about something fairly straightforward like the sale of goods that are not fit for purpose: how low could you go?
User avatar
Hairyloon
 
Posts: 10568
Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:12 pm
Location: From there to here and here to there... Funny things are everywhere.


Return to Litigation Practice

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests