Captor Law and Legal Definition

Captor is a person who captures or holds people, property or animals. A person who has taken property from an enemy. It also employed to designate one who has taken an enemy.

Formerly, goods taken in war were adjudged to belong to the captor. However now they are considered to vest primarily in the state or sovereign. It belongs to the individual captors only to the extent that the municipal laws provide.

Generally, when the capture is tortious and without reasonable cause made in the exercise of belligerent rights, captors are responsible to the owners of the property for all losses and damages caused. But if the capture is originally justifiable the captors will not be responsible, unless by subsequent misconduct they become trespassers ab initio.