You know Habeas, ever heard of Juris Corpuz?

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

AT A fellowship of the Gullas Law School a few years ago, a professor said he had a student named Habeas Corpuz who'd create a noise if he'd pass the bar.

Not because Habeas would top the 2013 exams (he didn't) but his name would catch attention (it did).

In the same UV reunion, someone said he also knew one Juris Corpuz Segundo, which sounds similar to Corpus Juris Secundum.


If you didn't know the phrase, a Cebu politician (after whom a street near SM City is named) also didn't. During a live TV-radio debate decades ago, his opponent, a lawyer, cited the book of authority.

"Corpus Juris Secundum, what is that?" The clueless politico was annoyed.

Habeas's pa must have known the name would bring a lot of jests. But Jaime Sin's dad had no idea his son would be cardinal and "Cardinal Sin" would be a worldwide oddity.

And examinees who have a sister named Amparo never thought a bar question would be "What is an Amparo?"


Legal words and phrases can be a source of fun or embarrassment.

A law student -- this really happened -- rang up a girl he was wooing but her father got the call and asked, Who's this? Panicking, the caller answered, "Ricky Alevosia, sir."

"Alevosia" means treachery in criminal law and the dad, who turned out to be a lawyer, quickly sensed less-than-honorable intention and nipped a budding romance.

As to Atty. Habeas, a dull trial could be enlivened, say, with him and someone with Atty. Noel Archival's spirited humor: "Objection. Redundance, surplusage. Opposing counsel, your honor, bears a name already screaming in his pleading."


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 20, 2014.


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