condictio indebiti



The ''condictio indebiti'' is an
action Action may refer to: * Action (narrative) In literature, action is the physical movement of the Character (arts), characters. Action as a literary mode "Action is the Mode (literature), mode hat A hat is a head covering which is worn for ...
in civil (Roman) law whereby a
plaintiff A plaintiff (pi (letter), Π in List of legal abbreviations, legal shorthand) is the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an ''action'') before a court. By doing so, the plaintiff seeks a legal remedy. If this search is successful, the co ...
may recover what he has paid the defendant by mistake; such mistaken payment is known as ''solutio indebiti''. This action does not lie # if the sum was due '' ex aequitate'', or by a natural obligation; # if he who made the payment knew that nothing was due, for ''qui consulto dat quod non debet, praesumitur donare'' (who gives purposely what he does not owe, is presumed to make a gift). The action is extant in civil (Roman) or hybrid law regimes, e.g.
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.See e.g
The common law of South Africa By Manfred Nathan, Johannes Voet

See also

* Condictio causa data causa non secuta § 812 I 1 1. Alt BGB (German Civil Code)

Further reading

Outlines of Roman Law By Thomas Whitcombe GreeneRoman-Frisian law of the 17th and 18th century By J. H. A. Lokin, Frits Brandsma, C. J. H. JansenImperatoris Iustiniani Institutionum Libri Quattuor By John Baron Moyle, Justinian"The evolution of the law of unjustified enrichment"


Latin legal terminology