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Lex prospicit non respicit

“Lex prospicit non respicit” is a Latin phrase which means “The law looks forward, not backward.” This phrase emphasizes that the laws and regulations are generally aimed at guiding future behavior and actions, rather than punishing past actions. It suggests that the primary purpose of the law is to establish rules and standards for future conduct rather than dwelling on or punishing past transgressions.

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