Corpus Juris Law and Legal Definition

Corpus juris is a Latin term which means “body of law.” It consists of the combination of all laws, cases and their various interpretations. Corpus juris was originally used by the Romans. Later the term was used for comprehensive collection of laws in the U.S., as in Corpus Juris Secundum. The term is commonly used to refer to the entire body of law of a country, jurisdiction, or court, such as "the corpus juris of the supreme court of the United States."

Corpus juris secundum is an authoritative american legal encyclopedia that provides a clear statement of each area of law. The term is used in the European Union to describe the possibility of a european legal area, a european public prosecutor and a european criminal code.