Summum jus

Summum jus, summa injuria. The rigor or height of law, is the height of wrong. Hob. 125; 1 Chan. Rep. 4.

SUMMUM JUS. Extreme right, strict right. It is seldom that extreme right can be administered without the danger of doing injustice, for extreme right may produce extreme wrong. Summum jus, summa injuria.

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Cicero, for instance, in words I cited in the introduction, stated, in a terse and famous passage: Summum jus, summa injustitia (Cicero, De officiis).