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[Latin, right; justice; law; the whole body of law; also a right.] The term is used in two meanings:

Jus means law, considered in the abstract; that is, as distinguished from any specific enactment, which we call, in a general sense, the law. Or it means the law taken as a system, an aggregate, a whole. Or it may designate some one particular system or body of particular laws; as in the phrases jus civile, jus gentium, jus proetorium.

In a second sense, jus signifies a right; that is, a power, privilege, faculty, or demand inherent in one person and incident upon another; or a capacity residing in one person of controlling, with the assent and assistance of the state, the actions of another. This is its meaning in the expressions jus in rem, jus accrescendi, jus possessionis.


a right, power, or authority.

JUS. Law or right. This term is applied in many modern phrases. It is also used to signify equity. Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 1; Bract, lib. 1, c. 4, p. 3; Tayl. Civ. Law, 147; Dig. 1, 1, 1.
     2. The English law, like the Roman, has its jus antiquum and jus novum and jus novissimum. The jus novum may be supposed to have taken its origin about the end of the reign of Henry VII. A. D. 1509. It assumed a regular form towards the end of the reign of Charles II. A. D. 1685, and from that period the jus novissimum may be dated. Lord Coke, who was born 40 years after the death of Henry VII. is most advantageously considered as the connecting link of the jus antiquum and jus novissimum of English law. Butler's Remin.

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Earlier this year, they jointly applied to register the name The Jura Jerky Company for "meat, venison and beef all being preserved, dried, cooked, cured, smoked, chilled and frozen".
Had he grown up in Switzerland, the current debate probably wouldn't be about Catalonia's independence, but rather on how to make space for it within Spain - just like the Swiss Confederation did with the Jura region where I was born.
Country: LiechtensteinSector: Banking/Financial ServicesTarget: Jura Trust AGBuyer: Jura Trust's chairmanVendor: Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG Type: Divestment, MBOStatus: Agreed
The PM, who enjoys visiting idyllic Jura in the Inner Hebrides, said in 2007: "I love swimming in the sea there.
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Os caiff unrhyw un o'ch darllenwyr y cyfle i ymweld Jura mi fyddant yn cael croeso twymgalon gan yr ynyswyr yn enwedig os y dywedant eu bod yn dod o Gymru.
Edward Charnaud, Head of Global Marketing and Sales for Jura, will also join the panel.
The oldest wild eagle previously recorded in Britain was 16, making the Jura bird a "clear record breaker", according to the charity.
Johann Boillat, Une ligne a travers les montagnes : la premiere compagnie de chemin de fer du Locle a Neuchatel, le Jura industriel 1857-1865 (A line through the mountains: the first railway company of Locle in Neuchatel: the industrial Jura, 1857-1865), Alphil, Neuchatel (2007), 328 pp.
Jura, the Swiss leader in automatic bean-to-cup household coffee machines, has introduced its premium range of coffee machines in the Middle East.
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