“Fiat Justitia ruat caelum”. Is This a Good Guide to the Role of a Specialist Appeal Court Judge?

  • Peter Freeman


Legal maxims can be of great help in establishing rules or in turning inchoate ideas into something concrete. The phrase “fiat justitia ruat caelum” (let justice be done though the heavens fall) seems to tell the judge that his or her task is to do justice and not to worry too much about the wider consequences. The implications of this maxim are the subject of this short paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Freeman
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  1. 1.Competition Appeal TribunalLondonUK

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