Extra Legem Positus Law and Legal Definition

Extra legem positus refers to placed outside the law; legally dead or subjected to civil death. An accompaniment of attainder of treason or felony whereby the attainted person was disqualified as a witness, as a plaintiff or as having capacity to perform any legal function is an extra legem positus.

The following is an example of a case law referring to extra legem positus:

Every person that it attainted of high treason, petit treason, or felony is disabled to bring any action, for he is extra legem positus, and is accounted in law civiliter mortuus. [Hine v. Simon, 95 Okla. 86 (Okla. 1923)].