PACE. A measure of length containing two feet and a half; the
geometrical pace is five feet long. The common pace is the length of a step; the
geometrical is the length of two steps, or the whole space passed over by the
same foot from one step to another.
PACIFICATION. The act of making peace between two countries which have
teen at war; the restoration of public tranquillity.
TO PACK. To deceive by false appearance; to counterfeit; to delude; as
packing a jury. (q. v.) Bac. Ab. Juries, M; 12 Conn. R. 262. PACT, civil law. An
agreement made by two or more persons on the same subject in order to form some
engagement, or to dissolve or modify, one already made, conventio est duorum in
idem placitum consensus de re solvenda, id. est facienda vel praestanda. Dig. 2,
14; Clef des Lois Rom. h. t.; Ayl. Pand. 558; Merl, Rep. Pacte, h. t.
PACTIONS, International law. When contracts between nations are to be
performed by a single act, and their execution is at an end at once, they are
not called treaties, but agreements, conventions or pactions. 1 Bouv. Inst. n.
PACTUM CONSTITUTAE PECUNIAE, civil law. An agreement by which a person
appointed to his creditor, a certain day, or a certain time, at which he
pro-mised to pay; or it maybe defined, simply. an agreement by which a person
promises a creditor to pay him.
2. When a person by this pact promises his own creditor to pay him, there
arises a new obligation which does not destroy the former by which he was
already bound, but which is accessory to it; and by this multiplicity of
obligations the right of the creditor is strengthened. Poth. Ob. Pt. 2, c. 6, s.
3. There is a striking conformity between the pactum constitutae pecuniae, as
above defined, and our indebitatus assumpsit. The pactum constitutae pecuniae
was a promise to pay a subsisting debt whether natural or civil; made in such a
manner as not to extinguish the preceding debt, and introduced by the praetor to
obviate some formal difficulties. The action of indebitalus assumpsit was
brought upon a promise for the payment of a debt, it was not subject to the
wager of law and other technical difficulties of the regular action of debt; but
by such promise, the right to the action of debt was not extinguished nor
varied. 4 Rep. 91 to 95; see 1 H. Bl. 550 to 655; Doug. 6, 7; 3 Wood. 168, 169,
n. c; 1 Vin. Abr. 270; Bro. Abr. Action sur le case, pl. 7, 69, 72; Fitzh. N. B.
94, A, n. a, 145 G; 1 New Rep. 295; Bl. Rep. 850; 1 Chit. Pl. 89; Toull. Dr.
Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 3, c. 4, u. 388, 396.
PACTUM DE NON PETANDO, civil law. An agreement made, between a
creditor and his debtor that the former will not demand, from the latter the
debt due. By this agreement the debtor is freed from his obligation. This is not
unlike the covenant not to sue, (q. v.) of the common law. Wolff, Dr. de la Nat.
PACTUM DE QUOTA LITIS. An agreement by which a creditor of a sum
difficult to recover, promises a portion, for example, one-third, to the person
who will undertake to recover it. In general, attorneys will abstain from,
making such a contract, yet it is not unlawful.
PAGODA, comm. law. A denomination of money in Bengal. In the
computation of ad valorem duties, it is valued at one dollar and ninety-four
cent's. Act of March 2, 1799, s. 61, 1 Story's L. U. S. 626. Vide Foreign Coins.
PAIS, or PAYS. A French word signifying country. In law, matter in
pais is matter of fact in opposition to matter of record: a trial per pais, is a
trial by the country, that is, by a jury.
PALFRIDUS, A palfrey; a horse to travel on. 1 Tho. Co. Litt. 471; F.
N. B. 93.
PANDECTS, civil law. The name of an abridgment or compilation of the
civil law, made by order of the emperor Justinian, and to which he gave the
force of law. It is also known by the name of Digest. (q. v.)
PANEL, practice. A schedule or roll containing the names of jurors,
summoned by virtue of a writ of venire facias, and annexed to the writ. It is
returned into the court whence the venire issued. Co. Litt. 158, b.
PANNEL, Scotch law. A person, accused of a crime; one indicted.
PAPER-BOOK, practice. A book or paper containing an abstract of all
the facts and pleadings necessary, to the full understanding of a case.
2. Courts of error and other courts, on arguments, require that the judges
shall each be furnished with such a paper-book in the court of king's bench, in
England, the transcript containing the whole of the proceedings, filed or
delivered between the parties, when the issue joined, in an issue in fact, is
called the paper-book. Steph. on Pl. 95; 3 Bl. Com. 317; 3 Chit. Pr. 521; 2 Str.
1131, 1266; 1 Chit. R. 277 2 Wils, R. 243; Tidd, Px. 727.
PAPER DAYS, Eng. law. Days on which special arguments are to take
place. Tuesdays and Fridays in term time are paper days appointed by the court.
Lee's Dict. of Pr. h. t.; Arch. Pr. 101.
PAPER MONEY. By paper money is understood the engagements to pay money
which are issued by governments and banks, and which pass as money. Pardes. Dr.
Com. n. 9. Bank notes are generally considered as cash, and win answer, all the
purposes of currency; but paper money is not a legal tender if objected to. See
Bank note, Specie, Tender.
PAR, comm. law. Equal. It is used to denote a state of equality or
equal value. Bills of exchange, stocks, and the like, are at par when they sell
for their nominal value; above par, or below par, when they sell for more or
PARAGE. Equality of name or blood, but more especially of land in the
partition of an inheritance among co-heirs, hence comes disparage and
disparagement. Co. Litt. 166.
PARAGIUM. A Latin term which signifies equality. It is derived from
the adjective par, equal, and made a substantive by the addition of agium; 1
Tho. Co. Litt. 681.
2. In the ecclesiastical law, by paragium is understood the portion which a
woman gets on her marriage. Ayl. Par. 336.
PARAMOUNT. That which is superior.
2. It is usually applied to the highest lord of the fee, of lands, tenements,
or hereditaments. F. N. B. 135. Where A lets lands to B, and he underlets them
to C, in this case A is the paramount, and B is the mesne landlord. Vide Mesne,
and 2 Bl. Com. 91; 1 Tho. Co. Litt. 484, n. 79; Id. 485, n. 81.
PARAPHERNALIA. The name given to all such things as a woman has a
right to retain as her own property, after her hushand's death; they consist
generally of her clothing, jewels, and ornaments suitable to her condition,
which she used personally during his life.
2. These, when not extravagant, she has a right to retain even against
creditors; and, although in his lifetime the hushand might have given them away,
he cannot bequeath such ornaments and jewels by his will. 2 Bl. Com. 430; 2
Supp. to Ves. jr. 376; 5 Com. Dig. 230; 2 Com. Dig. 212; 11 Vin. Ab. 176; 4
Bouv. Inst. n. 8996-7.
PARATITLA, civil law. An abbreviated explanation of some titles or
books of the Code or Digest.
PARATUM HABEO. A return made by the sheriff to a capias ad
respondendum, which signified that he had the defendant ready to bring into
court. This was a fiction where the defendant was at large. Afterwards be was
required by statute to take bail from the defendant, and he returned cepi corpus
and bail bond. But still he might be ruled to bring in the body. 7 Penn. St.
PARAVAIL. Tenant paravail is the lowest tenant of the fee, or he who
is the immediate tenant to one who holds of another. He is called tenant
paravail, because it is presumed he has the avails or profits of the land. F. N.
B. 135; 2 Inst, 296.
PARCEL, estates. Apart of the estate. 1 Com. Dig. Abatement, H 511 p.
133; 5 Com. Dig. Grant, E 10, p. 545. To parcel is to divide an estate. Bac, Ab.
PARCENARY. The state or condition of holding title to lands jointly by
parceners, before the common inheritance has been divided. Litt. sec. 56. Vide 2
Bl. Com. 187; Coparcenary; Estate In coparcenary.
PARCENERS, Engl. law. The daughters of a man or woman seised of lands
and tenements in fee simple or fee tail, on whom, after the death of such
ancestor, such lands and tenements descend, and they enter. Litt. s. 243; Co.
Litt. 164 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1871-2. Vide Coparceners.
PARCO FRACITO, Engl. law. The name of a writ against one who violently
breaks a pound, and takes from thence beasts which, for some trespass done, or
some other just cause, were lawfully impounded.
PARDON, crim. law, pleading. A pardon is an act of grace, proceeding
from the power entrusted with the execution of the laws, which exempts the
individual on whom it is bestowed, from the punishment the law inflicts for a
crime he has committed. 7 Pet. S. C. Rep. 160.
2. Every pardon granted to the guilty is in derogation of the law; if the
pardon be equitable, the law is, bad; for where legislation and the
administration of the law are perfect, pardons must be a violation of the law,
But as human actions are necessarily imperfect, the pardoning power must be
vested somewhere in order to prevent injustice, when it is ascertained that an
error has been committed.
3. The subject will be considered with regard, 1. To the kinds of pardons. 2.
By whom they are to be granted. 3. For what offences. 4. How to be taken
advantage of 5. Their effect.
4. - §1, Pardons are general or special. 1. The former are express, when an
act ofthe legislature is passed expressly directing that offences of a certain
class; shall be pardoned, as in the case of an act of amnesty. See Amnesty. A
general pardon is implied by the repeal of a penal statute, because, unless
otherwise provided by law, an offence against such statute while it was in force
cannot be punished, and the offender goes free. 2 Overt. 423. 2. Special pardons
are those which are granted by the pardoning power for particular cases.
5. Pardons are also divided into absolute and conditional. The former are
those which free the criminal without any condition whatever; the. fatter are
those to which a condition is annexed, which must be performed before the pardon
can have any effect. Bac. Ab. Pardon, E; 2 Caines, R. 57; 1 Bailey, 283; 2
Bailey 516. But see 4 Call, R. 85.
6. - §2. The constitution of the United States gives to the, president in
general terms, "the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against
the United States." The same power is given generally to the governors of the
several states to grant pardons for crimes committed against their respective
states, but in some of them the consent of the legislature or one of its
branches is required.
7. - §3. Except in the case of impeachment, for which a pardon cannot be
granted, the pardoning power may grant a pardon of all offences against the
government, and for any sentence or judgment. But such a pardon does not operate
to discharge the interest which third persons may have acquired in the judgment;
as, where a penalty was incurred in violation of the embargo laws, and the
custom house officers became entitled to one-half of the penalty, the pardon did
not discharge that. 4 Wash. C. C R. 64. See 2 Bay, 565; 2 Whart. 440; 7 J. J.
8. - §4. When the pardon is general, either by an act of amnesty, or by the
repeal of a penal law, it is not necessary to plead it, because the court is
bound, ex officio, to take notice of it. And the criminal cannot even waive such
pardon, because by his admittance, no one can give the court power to punish
him, when it judicially appears there is no law to do it. But when the pardon is
special, to avail the criminal it must judicially appear that it has been
accepted, and for this reason it must be specially pleaded. 7 Pet. R. 150, 162.
9. - §5. The effect of a pardon is to protect from punishment the criminal
for the offence pardoned, but for no other. 1 Porter, 475. It seems that the
pardon of an assault and battery, which afterwards becomes murder by the death
of the person beaten, would not operate as a pardon of the murder. 12 Pick. 496.
In general, the effect of a full pardon is to restore the convict to all his
rights. But to this there are some exceptions: 1st. When the criminal has been
guilty of perjury, a pardon will not qualify him to be a witnessat any time
afterwards. 2d. When one was convicted of an offence by which he became civilly
dead, a pardon did not affect or annul the second marriage of his wife, nor the
sale of his property by persons appointed to administer on his estate, nor
divest his heirs of the interest acquired in his estate in consequence of his
civil death. 10 Johns. R. 232, 483.
10. - §6. All contracts, made for the buying or procuring a pardon for a
convict, are void. And such contracts will be declared null by a court of
equity, on the ground that they are opposed to public policy. 4 Bouv. Inst. n.
3857. Vide, generally, Bac. Ab. h. t.; Com. Dig. h. t.; Nels. Ab. h. t.; Vin.
Ab. h. t.; 13 Petersd. Ab. h. t.; Dane's Ab. h. t.; 3 lust. 233 to 240; Hawk. b.
2, c. 37; 1 Chit. Cr. L. 762 to 778; 2 Russ. on Cr. 595 Arch. Cr. Pl. 92; Stark.
Cr. Pl. 368, 380.
PARENTAGE. Kindred. Vide 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1955; Branch; Line.
PARENTS. The lawful father and mother of the party spoken of. 1 Murph.
R. 336; 11 S. & R. 93.
2. The term parent differs from that of ancestor, the latter embracing not
only the father and mother, but every per ascending line. It differs also from
predecessor, which is applied to corporators. Wood's Inst. 68; 7 Ves. 522; 1
Murph. 336; 6 Binn. 255. See Father; Mother.
3. By the civil law grandfathers and grandmothers, and other ascendants,
were, in certain cases, considered parents. Dict. de Jurisp. Parente. Vide 1
Ashm. R. 55; 2 Kent, Com. 159; 5 East, R. 223; Bouv. Inst. Index, h. t.
PARES. A man's equals; his peers. (q. v.) 3 Bl. Com. 349.
PARES CURIE, feudal law, Those vassals who were bound to attend the
lord's court were so called. Ersk. Inst. B. 2, tit. 3, s. 17.
PARI DELICTO crim. law. In a similar offence or crime; equal in guilt.
A person who is in pari delicto with another, differs from a particeps criminis
in this, that the former always includes the latter but the latter does not
always include the former. 8 East, 381, 2.
PARI MATERIA. Of the same matter; on the same subject; as, laws pari
materia must be construed with reference to each other. Bac. Ab. Stat. I. 3.
PARI PASSU. By the same gradation.
PARISH. A district of country of different extents. In the
ecclesiastical law it signified the territory committed to the charge of a
parson, vicar, or other minister. Ayl. Parerg. 404; 2 Bl. Com. 112. In
Louisiana, the state is divided into parishes.
PARIUM JUDICIUM. The trial by jury , or by a man's peers, or equals,
is so called.
PARK, Eng. law. An enclosed chase (q.v.) extending only over a man's
own grounds. The term park signifies an enclosure. 2 Bl. Com. 38.
PARLIAMENT. This word, derived from the French parlement, in the
English law, is used to designate the legislative branch of the government of
Great Britain, composed of the house of lords, and the house of commons.
2. It is an error to regard the king of Great Britain as forming a part of
parliament. The connexion between the king and the Iords spiritual, the lords
temporal, and the commons, which, when assembled in parliament, form the, three
states of the realm, is the same as that which subsists between the king and
those states - the people at large - out of parliament; Colton's Records, 710;
the king not being, in either case, a member, branch, or coestate, but standing
solely in the relation of sovereign or head. Rot. Par. vol. iii,. 623 a.; 2
Mann. & Gr. 457 n.
PAROL. More properly parole. A French word, which means literally,
word or speech. It is used to distinguish contracts which are made verbally or
in writing not under seal, which are called, parol. contracts, from those which
are under seal which bear the name of deeds or specialties (q. v.) 1 Chit.
Contr. 1; 7 Term. R. 3 0 351, n.; 3 Johns. Cas. 60; 1 Chit. Pl. 88. It is proper
to remark that when a contract is made under seal, and afterwards it is modified
verbally, it becomes wholly a parol contract. 2 Watts, 451; 9 Pick. 298; 13
2. Pleadings are frequently denominated the parol. In some instances the term
parol is used to denote the entire pleadings in a cause as when in an action
brought against an infant heir, on an obligation of his ancestors, he prays that
the parol may demur, i. e., the pleadings may be stayed, till he shall attain
full age. 3 Bl. Com. 300; 4 East, 485 1 Hoffm. R. 178. See a form of a plea in
abatement, praying that the parol may demur, in 1 Wentw. Pl. 43; and 2 Chit. Pl.
520. But a devisee cannot pray the parol to demur. 4 East, 485.
3. Parol evidence is evidence verbally delivered by a witness. As to the
cases when such evidence will be received or rejected, vide Stark, Ev. pt. 4, p.
995 to 1055; 1 Phil. Ev. 466, c. 10, s. 1; Sugd. Vend. 97.
PAROL LEASES. An agreement made verbally, not in writing, between the
parties, by which one of them leases to the other a certain estate.
2. By the English statute of frauds of 29 Car. III, c. 3, s. 1, 2, and 3, it
is declared, that "all leases, estates, or terms of years, or any uncertain
interest in lands, created by livery only, or by parol, And not put in writing,
and signed by the party, should have the force and effect of leases or estates
at will only, except leases not exceeding the term of three years, whereupon the
rent reserved during the term shall amount to two third parts of the full
improved value of the thing demised." "And that no lease or estate, either of
freehold or term of years, should be assigned, granted, or surrendered, unless
in writing." The principles of this statute have been adopted with some
modifications, in nearly all the states of the Union. 4 Kent, Com. 95; 1 Hill.
PAROLE, international law. The agreement of persons who have been
taken by an enemy that they will not again take up arms against those who
captured them, either for a limited time, or during the continuance of the war.
Vattel, liv. 3, c. 8, §151.
PARRICIDE, civil law. One who murders his father; it is applied, by
extension, to one who murders his mother, his brother, his sister, or his
children. The crime committed by such person is also called parricide. Merl.
Rep. mot Parricide; Dig. 48, 9, 1, 1. 3, 1. 4.
2. This offence is defined almost in the same words in the penal code of
China. Penal Laws of China, B. 1, s. 2, §4.
3. The criminal was punished by being scourged, and afterwards sewed in a
sort of sack, with a dog, a cock, a viper, and an ape, and then thrown into the
sea, or into a river; or if there were no water, he was thrown in this manner to
wild beasts. Dig. 48, 9, 9; C. 9, 17, 1, 1. 4, 18, 6; Bro. Civ; . Law, 423;
Wood's Civ. Law, B. 3, c. 10, s. 9.
4. By the laws of France parricide is the crime of him who murders his father
or mother, whether they, be the legitimate, natural or adopted parents of the
individual, or the murder of any other legitimate ascendant. Code Penal, art.
297. This crime is there punished by the criminal's being taken to the place of
execution without any other garment than his shirt, barefooted, and with his
head covered with a black veil. He is then exposed on the scaffold while an
officer of the court reads his sentence to the spectators; his right hand is
then cut off, and he is immediately put to death. Id. art. 13.
5. The common law does not define this crime, and makes no difference between
its punishment, and the punishment of murder. 1 Hale's P. C. 380; Prin. Penal
Law, c. 18, §8, p. 243; Dalloz, Dict. mot Homicide.
PARSON, eccles. law. One who has full possession of all the rights of
a parochial church.
2. He is so called because by his person the church, which is an invisible
body, is represented: in England he is himself a body corporate it order to
protect and defend the church (which he personates) by a the minority, if
required to bring Story on Partn. §489. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1217. 398; 5 Com. Dig.
PARTICEPS FRAUDIS. fraud. Both parties be in pari delicto is not
allowed to allege his own turpitude in such cases, when defendant at law, or
prevented from alleging it, when plaintiff in equity, whenever the refusal to
execute the contract at law, or the refusal to relieve against it in equity,
would give effect to the original purpose, and encourage the parties engaged, in
such transactions. 4 Rand. R. 372; 1 Black. R. 363; 2 Freem. 101.
PARTICULAR AVERAGE. This term, partipular average, has been condemned
as not being exact. See Average. It denotes, in general, every kind of expense
or damage, short of total loss which regards a particular concern, and which is
to be borne by the proprietor of that concern alone. Between the insurer and
insured, the term includes losses of this description, as far as the underwriter
is liable. Particular average must not be understood as a total loss of a part;
for these two kinds of losses are perfectly distinct from each other. A total
loss of a part may be recovered, where a particular average would not be
recoverable. See Stev. on Av. 77.
PARTICULAR AVFRMENT, pleading. Vide Avermzent.
PARTICULAR CUSTOM. A particular custom is one which only affects the
inhabitants of some particular district. To be good, a particular custom must
possess these requisites: 1. It must have been used so long that the memory of
man runneth not to the contrary. 2. It must have been continued. 3. It must have
been peaceable. 4. It must be reasonable. 5. It must be certain. 6. It must be
consistent with itself. 7. lt must be consistent with other customs. 1 Bl. Com.
PARTICULAR ESTATE. An estate which is carved out of a larger and which
precedes a remainder; as, an estate for years to A, remainder to B for life; or,
an estate, for life to A, remainder to' B in tail: this precedent estate is
called the particular estate. 2 Bl. Com. 165; 4 Kent, Com. 226; 16 Vin. Abr.
216; 4 Com. Dig. 32; 5 Com. Dig. 346.
PARTTICULAR, LIEN, contracts. A right which a person has to retain
property in respect of money or labor expended on such particular property. For
example, when a tailor has made garments out of cloth delivered to him for the
purpose, he is not bound to part with the clothes until his employer, has paid
him for his services; nor a ship carpenter with a ship which he has repaired;
nor can an engraver be compelled to deliver the seal which he has engraved for
another, until his compensation has been paid. 2 Roll. Ab. 92; 3 M. & S.
167; 14 Pick. 332; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2514. Vide Lien.
PARTICULARS, practice. The items of which the accounts of one of the
parties is composed, and which are frequently furnished to the opposite party in
a bill of particulars. (q. v.)