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Audi Alteram Partem

[Latin, hear the other side.] It embodies the concept in Criminal Law that no person should be condemned unheard; it is akin to due process. The notion that an individual, whose life, liberty, or property are in legal jeopardy, has the right to confront the evidence against him or her in a fair hearing is one of the fundamental principles of Constitutional Law in the United States and England.


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4, which legal maxim I've learned early in my Latin and Roman law studies: "Audiatur et altera pars!" So this was obviously already a problem that the Romans were dealing with: "Thou Shalt Always Hear The Other Side!"