Res Ipsa Loquitur

(redirected from Byrne v. Boadle)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

Res Ipsa Loquitur

The legal concept that some acts are so obviously negligent that no further explanation is necessary to prove legal liability. A res ipsa loquitur case ordinarily requires one to show that an act usually would not occur without negligence, that the act probably was the result of negligence, that the defendant caused the negligence, and that the plaintiff did not contribute to it. A res ipsa loquiture case contrasts with a prima facie case, which requires more evidence to prove liability. The phrase "res ipsa loquitur" is Latin for "the thing speaks for itself."
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
barons in Byrne v. Boadle clearly felt that a merchant on a bustling
The close connection between Byrne v. Boadle, the res ipsa
Byrne v. Boadle and the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur support the
Byrne v. Boadle may have been the first articulation of the new