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Lex non cogit ad inutilia

“Lex non cogit ad inutilia” is a legal maxim in Latin that can be translated as “The law does not compel to useless things” in English. This principle implies that the law should not impose obligations on individuals to perform actions that do not serve any practical or meaningful purpose. It highlights the importance of having reasonable and beneficial legal requirements, rather than arbitrary or pointless ones. This maxim can be used to challenge the enforcement of laws or regulations that appear unnecessary or cumbersome.

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