What is trespass?

  • (noun): A wrongful interference with the possession of property (personal property as well as realty), or the action instituted to recover damages.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Trespass is an area of tort law broadly divided into three groups: trespass to the person, trespass to chattels and trespass to land.

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Some articles on trespass:

Trespass To Land - Defenses
... There are several defenses to trespass to land license, justification by law, necessity and jus tertii ... Necessity is the situation in which it is vital to commit the trespass in Esso Petroleum Co v Southport Corporation, the captain of a ship committed trespass by allowing oil to flood a shoreline ...
Trespass On The Case - The Emergence of The Writ of Trespass
... Trespass and Trespass on the Case, or "Case", began as personal remedies in the royal courts in London in the 13th century ... These early forms of trespass reflected a wide range of wrongs ... Soon after this Statute was passed, writs of Trespass appeared in a stereotyped form alleging "force and arms", or "vi et armis." Trespass writs alleging force ...
Scott V Shepherd - Judgment
... “ I am of opinion that trespass would well lie in the present case ... malus animus is not necessary to constitute a trespass.. ... that if the act in the first instance be unlawful, trespass will lie ...
Bill Of Middlesex - Bill
... If A wished to sue B for trespass, debt and detinue, the court would have to issue an individual writ for each action, with associated delays and costs for A, and then ensure that B ... a legal fiction arose if A wished to sue B for trespass, debt and detinue, he would have a writ issued for trespass ... A wished to sue B merely for debt and detinue, a trespass writ would be obtained and then quietly dismissed when B was detained in custody ...
Trespass (disambiguation)
... Trespass is the legal term for a direct violation of another person's property, usually land ... Trespass may also refer to Trespass (1992 film), starring Bill Paxton, Ice Cube, Ice-T, and William Sadler Trespass (soundtrack) Trespass (film score ...

More definitions of "trespass":

  • (verb): Commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law.
    Synonyms: sin, transgress
  • (verb): Break the law.
  • (verb): Enter unlawfully on someone's property.
    Example: "Don't trespass on my land!"
    Synonyms: intrude

Famous quotes containing the word trespass:

    Respect the child. Wait and see the new product of Nature. Nature loves analogies, but not repetitions. Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    No more be grieved at that which thou hast done,
    Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud,
    Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
    And loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud.
    All men make faults, and even I in this,
    Authorizing thy trespass with compare,
    My self corrupting salving thy amiss,
    Excusing thy sins more than thy sins are:
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Ye whose clay-cold heads and luke-warm hearts can argue down or mask your passions—tell me, what trespass is it that man should have them?... If nature has so wove her web of kindness, that some threads of love and desire are entangled with the piece—must the whole web be rent in drawing them out?
    Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)