audi alteram partem


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audi alteram partem

From Latin, literally "hear the other side," used as a maxim in law to signify the importance that no accused party be convicted or condemned without first having a chance to refute or contest the accusation, evidence, and witnesses against them. A: "I think it's pretty plain to see that he is guilty." B: "Now, now—audi alteram partem! Without due process, our legal system would not survive."