LEGAL TERMS

per curiam - Latin for "by the court."  A "per curiam" decision is a decision delivered via an opinion issued in the name of the Court rather than specific judges.

 in pari material -  [Latin, Upon the same subject.] A designation applied to statutes or general laws that were enacted at different times but pertain to the same subject or object.

de minimis - An abbreviated form of the Latin: Maxim de minimis non curat lex, "the law cares not for small things." A legal doctrine by which a court refuses to consider trifling matters.

Post-hoc  - Post hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin: "after this, therefore because of this") is a logical fallacy that states "Since event Y followed event X, event Y must have been caused by event X." It is often shortened to simply post hoc.

 Postliminary - subsequent, the opposite of preliminary

 Dicta - Opinions of a judge that do not embody the resolution or determination of the specific case before the court. Statements in a court's opinion that go beyond the facts before the court. These are individual views of the author of the opinion and therefore not binding in subsequent cases as legal precedent. The plural of dictum.

 inter alia, among other things.

Pro hac vice (pronounced "pro hack vee-chay"), Latin: "for this occasion" or "for this event", (literally, "for this turn") is a legal term usually referring to a lawyer who has not been admitted to practice in a certain jurisdiction but has been allowed to participate in a particular case in that jurisdiction.

The right to appear pro hac vice is not guaranteed. Rather, the attorney wanting to practice in a jurisdiction within which he or she is not licensed must specifically request permission from the court to be able to appear as an attorney of record. This is accomplished with a motion to appear pro hac vice, in which an attorney who is licensed in the jurisdiction requests that the nonlicensed attorney be admitted to practice in a particular case.

Pro bono publico (usually shortened to pro bono) is a phrase derived from Latin meaning "for the public good". The term is generally used to describe professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment as a public service. It is common in the legal profession and is increasingly seen in marketing, technology, and strategy consulting firms. Pro bono service, unlike traditional volunteerism, uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.