Ex turpi causa non oritur actio

Filed Under: Torts

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A Latin phrase loosely translated as “no cause of action can arise from a base cause,” which indicates that no action in tort is permitted if it would undermine the integrity of the legal system. It is a defence in rare cases such as where an award of damages would enable a plaintiff to avoid a criminal sanction or profit from wrongdoing.

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