Of the Influence of Time and Place in Matters of Legislation

Jeremy Bentham

Chapter 4, Footnote #02
When justice will be denied

In fact, where the demand does not exceed ten pounds, this species of justice is denied; and that openly and without shame: ask a man of equity for what reason? his answer is, ``de minimis non curat lex'', the subsistence of a family for half a year is not worth caring about. [Translation of the Latin: the law does not concern itself with trifles.]

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