DOMINUS LITIS

Definition of DOMINUS LITIS in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DOMINUS LITIS

Lat. The master of the suit; i. e., the person who was really and directly interested in the suit as a party, as distinguished from his attorney or advocate. But the term is also applied to one who, though not originally a party, has made himself such, by intervention or otherwise, and has assumed entire control and responsibility for one side, and is treated by the court as liable for costs. Virginia Electric & Power Co. v. Bowers, 181 Va. 542, 25 S.E.2d 361, 363. It is also said that the attorney himself, when the cause has been tried, becomes the dominus litis. Vicat.

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