See also:maxim: ignorantia facti excusat ("
See also:ignorance of the fact excuses ") . That every one who has capacity to understand the
See also:law is presumed to know it is a very necessary principle, for otherwise the courts would be continually occupied in endeavouring to solve problems which by their very impracticability would render the administration of
See also:justice next to impossible . It would be necessary for the
See also:court to engage in endless inquiries as to the true inwardness of a man's mind, whether his state of ignorance existed at the
See also:time of the commission of the offence, whether such a
See also:condition of mind was inevitable or brought about merely by indifference on his
See also:part . Therefore, in
See also:English, as in
See also:Roman law, ignorance of the law is no ground for avoiding the consequences of an
See also:act . So far as regards criminal offences, the maxim as to ignorantia
See also:juris admits of no exception, even in the case of a foreigner temporarily in England, who is likely to be ignorant of English law . In Roman law the harshness of the
See also:rule was mitigated in the case of
See also:women, soldiers and persons under the age of twenty-five, unless they had
See also:good legal advice within reach (Dig. xxii . 6 . 9) . Ignorance of a
See also:matter of fact may in general be alleged in avoidance of the consequences of acts and agreements, but such ignorance cannot be pleaded where it is the
See also:duty of a
See also:person to know, or where, having the means of know-ledge at his disposal, he wilfully or negligently fails to avail himself of it (see CONTRACT) . In logic, ignorance is that state of mind which for want of evidence is equally unable to affirm or deny one thing or another . Doubt, on the other
See also:hand, can neither affirm nor deny because the evidence seems equally strong for both .
For Ignoratio Elenchi (ignorance of the refutation) seeFALLACY .
IGNORAMUS (Latin for " we do not know," " we take n...
IGNORANTINES (Freres Ignorantins)
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