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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Quien aplica el dicho Dura lex sed lex, olvida este otro: Summum jus, summa injuria (Exceso de justicia, exceso de injusticia), la aplicacion maxima de la ley es un dano.
Cicero, for instance, in words I cited in the introduction, stated, in a terse and famous passage: Summum jus, summa injustitia (Cicero, De officiis).
"Summum jus, summa injustitia." "'Are the gods not just?' 'Oh, no, child, what would become of us if they were?'"