Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Equity Delights to do Justice, and not by Halves Definition:

A maxim of equity that once invoked successfully, equity will, fully and with finality, resolve the dispute between the parties.

Related Terms: Equity

The maxim is sometimes stated as:

"Once equity assumes jurisdiction of a cause, it may afford complete relief when it has jurisdiction on any ground."1

In Moore v Moore, Justice Stakely of the Supreme Court of Alabama:

"It is a familiar principle that equity grants full relief when it has jurisdiction on any equitable ground to grant any relief. Having assumed jurisdiction of a part the court will determine all the interrelated equities of the whole.

"Equity delights to do justice, and not by halves."

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