In Pari Delicto Potior Est Conditio Possidentis Law and Legal Definition

In pari delicto potior est conditio possidentis is a Latin phrase for "in equal fault ,better is the condition of the possessor." This means,when the parties are equally at wrong, the condition of the possessor is considered to be better. Simply put, it means a person in a wrongful act cannot sue another person in the same wrongful act. When two parties have equally wronged, courts will generally not interfere with the status quo, which is the reason why the possessor is at benefit. The doctrine is also known as the dirty hands or unclean hands doctrine.