Monday, October 12, 2009

Forma Pauperis

FORMA PAUPERIS. [Latin] In the character of a poor person — a method by which a litigant without money for lawyers is considerately permitted to lose his case.
When Adam long ago in Cupid's awful court
(For Cupid ruled ere Adam was invented)
Sued for Eve's favor, says an ancient law report,
He stood and pleaded unhabilimented.

"You sue in forma pauperis, I see," Eve cried;
"Actions can't here be that way prosecuted."
So all poor Adam's motions coldly were denied:
He went away — as he had come — nonsuited.
2009 Update: A certification that one party's destitution prevents them from addressing the court in a living language. However the case shall be decided, the world and fortune have been held liable.


the amoeba said...


1. A poor person who is seeking to retain a lawyer.

2. A rich person who has successfully retained a lawyer.

the amoeba said...

3. One who has relied on health insurance.

Jim said...

word made up by Ambrose B.
here perpetuated

Habilimented per Webster:
(Ha`bil´i`ment`ed) Adjective
1. Dressed or clothed especially in fine attire; often used in combination; "the elegantly attired gentleman"; "neatly dressed workers"; "monks garbed in hooded robes"; "went about oddly garmented"; "professors robed in crimson"; "tuxedo-attired gentlemen"; "crimson-robed Harvard professors".


Jim said...

Not perpetuated by Doug, but by unnamed person, initialed G.J. (see above comment).

TLP said...

Say what?

Ariel the Thief said...

Forma Pauperis, one more proof that there were McDonald's in the Ancient Rome.

TLP said...

I was there Ariel! In the McDonald's in ancient Rome! 'Course, that was a long time ago.

Jim said...

Ariel and TLP! I skipped the McDonald's in favor of a little pizza garden in the back alley near a big church. We think it was the one Rick Steves visits.
They dropped an egg in the middle of our pizza and cooked it with the pizza. That was a surprise!
I came looking for Karen, she said yesterday I never come back, that I just leave cheap shots and go away.

k. riggs gardner said...


Alright I've taken your bait, but I disagree with you. You haven't been at this blog since Friday. Sometimes it can be trouble finding time to communicate on weekends.

Anyway, with regard to this post: I would never even go to trial without a private consultation with my client.

I'm glad you enjoyed an egg in the middle of your pizza.

quilly said...

I think I most plead Forma Pauperis in cognitive development -- or, as Jim so eloquently put it, huh?.

Jim said...

I didn't say I enjoyed that egg. I said it was surprise. I did not like that egg, I scraped it off.
My eggs have to be hard boiled, over hard with the yolk broken, or well done scrambled. Nothing should tremble at all on that egg.

And I did make a mistake, it was Friday that I was accused of taking a cheap shot here. If I come peek in on the weekend I generally don't stay long.

Cooper said...

The amoeba came in a sucked up all possible definitions.Doesn't pay to be late. It's the way many come out of a marriage though.

k. riggs gardner said...

Sorry Jim. I hope I didn't sound short. Mood swings and miscommunication seem to be a specialty of the house.

I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Doug The Una said...

Amoeba, that was well done. 4. Cleverness in court.

Jim, you always do the heavy lifting. You're like the brocade on the cape. (looking forward to your explaining what a brocade is.)

TLP, that's the costume.

Ariel, that they prospered and conquered is all the proof I need.

That's right, TLP! I remember you were Assistant Praetor of the one on Capitoline Hill.

Jim, at Domino's I would be less surprised if they incubated it with the pizza.

Karen, that's especially good advice with a pro se.

Nonsense, Quilly. We learn what we learn pretending to know what we don't.

True, Jim. You get a weekly weekend pass.

Coop, I got hear ahead of Amoeba and he still took my best shot.

Karen, that's a trait of fake dictionary blogs, I expect.