Maxims or Regulae iuris (Rules of Law)

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Digestum vetus, Torino, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria E.I.1, c.4, fol. 1r

"A sure foundation or ground of art and a conclusion of reason, so sure and uncontrolled that they ought not be questioned"

Edward Coke

"Maxims are but attempted general statements of law and are law only to the extent of application in adjudicated cases"

Black's Law Dictionary