Locus Delicti Law and Legal Definition

Locus delicti is a Latin term which means the ‘scene of the crime.’ It is the place where tort, offence, or injury was committed or the place where the last event necessary to make the actor liable occurred. In case of civil proceedings it is the place where an alleged thing was done. For example, the place where disputed property lies. Locus delicti gives the court exclusive jurisdiction over the dispute or crime. Under common law, crimes are local and it is cognizable and punishable exclusively in the country where it is committed.