de minimis non curat lex


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The law does not concern itself with trifles; - a principle of law, that even if a technical violation of a law appears to exist according to the letter of the law, if the effect is too small to be of consequence, the violation of the law will not be considered as a sufficient cause of action, whether in civil or criminal proceedings.

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On any view 650 soldiers is not very significant and as the militarist Romans would have said, de minimis non curat lex -- the law does not concern itself with insignificant numbers.
Against this backdrop, this article considers the application of what may be one of the earliest examples of risk-based regulation--the ancient common law maxim de minimis non curat lex ("the law does not concern itself with trifling matters").
At this point, with the case study freshly in mind, we need to address the question of whether the whole subject of non-medical, non-sexual-intercourse uses of gametes is not a matter so inconsequential that it should just be dismissed as a triviality according to the maxim De minimis non curat lex (The law does not concern itself with trifles.
It was in breach of that established principle de minimis non curat lex - the law does not concern itself with very small matters.