De die in diem – Legal Maxim

Literal Meaning

From day to day.


The above term is a Latin term it means from day to day. In earlier times, the term was used to refer to an action occurring from day to day. It denotes a continuous right of action.




If a person wrongly places something on another person’s land and leaves it there, then that act is not a single act of trespass. Instead, is a continuing action giving rise to fresh cause of action from day to day.


Case Reference

a. Lt. Col., S.J. Chaudhary vs. State[1]

Before commencing a trial, a Sessions Judge must satisfy himself that all necessary evidence is available, if it is not, he may postpone the case, but only on the strongest possible ground and for the shortest possible period. Once the trial commences, he should, except for a very pressing reason which makes an adjournment inevitable, proceed de die in diem until the trial is concluded.

b. Commissioner of Wealth Tax, Amritsar V. Suresh Seth[2]

“If once a cause of action arises, and the acts complained of are continuously repeated, the cause of action continues and goes on de die in diem.

c. Commissioner Of Income-Tax, Mysore V. Bangalore Transport Co. Ltd.[3]

“The Hindu undivided family became entitled to a share in the profits of the firm only at the end of every calendar year, and not before. If before that date the right of the family to a share in the profits was divested, no income accrued or arose to the family. In the present case the profits directly arose to the Company de die in diem, and could be ascertained by the method of accounting adopted by the Company at the end of the year or when the business was closed.”

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[1] Lt. Col., S.J. Chaudhary v. State, A.I.R. 1984 S.C. 618.

[2] Commissioner of Wealth Tax, Amritsar v. Suresh Seth, A.I.R. 1981 2 S.C.C.790.

[3] Commissioner Of Income-Tax, Mysore V. Bangalore Transport Co. Ltd., A.I.R. 1968 S.C. 75.


Amol Verma
I am Amol Verma from Chanakya National Law University, Patna pursuing B.B.A, LL.B (Hons.). Being a first-generation lawyer, the motivation to study law came from its dynamic nature and how it keeps on changing to cater to the needs of society. My areas of interest include the Law of Contracts, Criminal Law, Corporate Law, and IPR. I love to take part in moot court activities, parliamentary debates, and seminars. I am a member of the Academic and Debating Committee of CNLU and CNLU’s Legal Aid Cell. I like to read, research and write on legal issues as it helps me in understanding the practical functioning of law as well as keeps me updated on the recent legal developments.