Crescente malitia crescere debet et poena – Legal Maxim

Literal Meaning

Vice increasing, punishment ought also to increase.

Explanation

Crescente malitia crescere debet et poena is a latin legal maxim which means that as the vice increases, the penalty or punishment must also increase. It calls for a tit for tat approach in criminal law. It accords penalty for an offence proportionate to the evil that is being committed by the accused. In other words, it states that punishment for a crime must increase as the malice behind the crime increases.

Origin

Latin

Illustration

The punishment for theft is three months or fine or both, however when the graveness of theft increases and it becomes dacoity the punishment for the offence also increases and as is provided by IPC the punishment for dacoity is life imprisonment or rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years.the punishment for theft is three months or fine or both, however when the graveness of theft increases and it becomes dacoity the punishment for the offence also increases and as is provided by IPC the punishment for dacoity is life imprisonment or rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years.

Edited by Vigneshwar Ramasubramania

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