Ignorantia juris non excusat, an old Latin phrase, means that ignorance of law is not an excuse to acquit someone for a crime committed. What is not taken into account are the innumerous obsolete laws of which, not only most people, but many lawyers and law enforcement agencies are unaware. Many of these can be traced back to the pre-Independence era.
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First Published: Sun, October 20 2019. 20:48 IST