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Akshay   19 February 2020

Latin maxim

What is the difference between 'lis pendens' and 'lis pendelite' ?

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Joy Bose   19 February 2020


The term pendente lite is a Latin term that translates to mean “pending the litigation.” For example, pendente lite is used to describe court orders that are put into effect while litigation is still pending, in order to facilitate fair administration of justice.

The meaning of lis pendens is - ‘a pending legal action’, wherein Lis means the ‘suit’ and Pendens means ‘continuing or pending’. The doctrine has been derived from a latin maxim “Ut pendent nihil innovetur” which means that during litigation nothing should be changed.

Joy Bose

Kavya Sreejith   13 May 2020


You may read more about lis pendens at :


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