Qui Haeret In Litera, Haeret In Cortice Law and Legal Definition

Qui haeret in litera, haeret in cortice is a Latin maxim. It means ‘he who clings to the letter, sticks in the bark. The maxim denotes that, if the interpretation of a writing is too literal, it does not reach the heart or core of the transaction. A person who sticks to the mere words of an instrument cannot arrive at its meaning or substance.