The 12 Equitable Maxims


An established principle or proposition. A principle of law universally admitted, as being fair, just and consonant With good reason.


The 12 Equitable Maxims

The twelve equitable maxims are:

1. Equity will not suffer a wrong without a remedy.

2. Equity follows the law.

3. Where there is equal equity, the law shall prevail.

4. Where the equities are equal, the first in time shall prevail.

5. He who seeks equity must do equity.

6. He who comes into equity must come with clean hands.


7. Delay defeats equities.

8. Equality is equity.

9. Equity looks to the intent rather than the form.

10. Equity looks on that as done which ought to be done.

11. Equity imputes an intention to fulfil an obligation.

12. Equity acts in personam.

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