Litis contestatio

LITIS CONTESTATIO, civil law. "Contestari." It is when each party to a suit (uterque reus) says "Teste estote." It was therefore, so called, because persons were called on by the parties to the suit "to bear witness," "to be witnesses." It is supposed that this contestatio was the usual termination of certain acts before the magistratus or in jure, of which the persons called to be witnesses were at some future time to bear record before the judex, in judicio. The lis contestata, in the system of Justinian, consisted in the statements made by. the parties to a suit before the magistrate respecting the claim or demand, and the answer or defence to it. When this was done, the cause was ready for hearing. Savig. Traite de Droit Romain, tom. vi. Sec. cclviii.; Smith, Dict. Gr. & Rom. Antiq. h.v. The contesting of the suit, or pleading the general issue. Vide 2 Bro. Civ. and Adm. Law, 358.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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El CIC 17 como se ha visto, incluia entre las pruebas solamente la confesion de las partes; no asi las otras declaraciones (18), de que se ocupaba inmediatamente antes, en el interrogatorio judicial de las partes que podia hacerse incluso antes de la litis contestatio (cc.
La Provida Mater (1936) pide que el juez examine a las partes, empezando por la actora, inmediatamente despues de la litis contestatio (art.
[10] Therefore, when a person dies before the matter has gone to court and the pleadings joined (litis contestatio), the person loses all their legally enforceable rights in respect of their personality, including their bodily integrity.
Where the partimonial right to identity is infringed upon, the actio legis Aquiliae can even prior to litis contestatio devolve or be transferred.
Admitido el recurso, el Secretario convoca a todos los interesados para la litis contestatio.
Esta investigacion tiene algunas limitaciones: la primera se refiere a las pruebas, pues aunque por causa grave se admite recoger pruebas antes de la litis contestatio (c.
La modificacion ex officio del decreto de litis contestatio esta tambien admitida, con tal que se notifique a las partes, en especial a la demandada, por ejemplo, en ROTA ROMANA, <<coram Stankiewicz, decreto, 29 marzo 1996, Bangaloren (India), Nullitatis matrimonii; Prael.