What does it mean when they say possession is nine-tenths of the law? It’s a common idiom, but exactly what does “possession is 9/10 of the law” mean in actual legal terms? Or does it have any legal merit at all? The phrase essentially means that when you physically possess something you have a stronger legal claim to it than someone who just claims ownership of it.
Is possession still nine-tenths of the law? While modern courts do not formally observe the “nine-tenths of the law” principle, possession still matters today. In 1998, a Texas court acknowledged the “nine-tenths” principle but made clear that possession is merely part of a “hierarchy of title.” In re Garza, 984 S.W.
Is possession nine-tenths of the law in Australia? The adage, ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law’, is reflected in the modern expression of title by possession in the Limitation of Actions legislation. Under such legislation, the claim of a person may be barred after a designated period, generally between 12 and 15 years.
What are the 4 types of possession?
- 2.1 Actual/Personal Possession.
- 2.2 Constructive Possession.
- 2.3 Joint Possession.
- 2.4 Innocent Possession.