Ex Turpi Causa

Ex turpi causa is a Latin legal term that means "from a dishonorable cause". It refers to the legal principle that a person cannot benefit from his or her own wrongful conduct or a transaction that is illegal, immoral, or against public policy. In this case, the claimant will be unable to pursue legal relief and damages if it arises in connection with his own tortious act.

For example, if someone is injured while committing a crime, they may be barred from seeking compensation for their injuries because their injuries arose from their own wrongful conduct. Similarly, a contract that is entered into for an illegal purpose, such as a contract to sell illegal drugs, is unenforceable under the principle of ex turpi causa.

In short, the principle of ex turpi causa is based on the idea that the law should not reward or encourage wrongful behaviour, so individuals should not be allowed to profit from their own wrongdoing.
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