Inutilis Labor Et Sine Fructu Non Est Effectus Legis Law and Legal Definition
Inutilis labor et sine fructu non est effectus legis is a legal maxim in Latin. The maxim states that useless and fruitless labor is not the effect of the law.
The following is an example of a case law referring to the maxim:
Now, in the case at bar, he certainly seized the beneficial interest in the lot, and held it for seven days, even under the theory of the Court below. The question then arises, must not the Sheriff have the power to sell and convey whatever he had a right to seize and advertise for sale? This conclusion is so absolute and incontrovertible, that we are willing to rest the whole of this case upon this point alone, believing no Court will recognize the possibility of one of its officers occupying the singular position of a fraudulent auctioneer or vendor, offering and selling that, as a minister of the law, which he has no right to sell or convey. Inutilis labor, et sine fructu, non est effectus legis. [Isaac v. Swift, 1858 Cal. LEXIS 191, 9-10 (Cal. 1858)].