Pedis Possessio Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Pedis Possessio Doctrine is a principle of mining law which says that a qualified person who peaceably and in good faith enters a land in the public domain in search of valuable minerals may hold the place exclusively against others having no better title provided s/he remains in continuous exclusive occupancy and diligently and in good faith prosecutes work towards making a discovery. This principle provides a person exploring an area freedom from fraudulent or forcible intrusions while actually working on the site. Pedis Possessio is a Latin term which means “possession-of-a-foot.”