Magistrate A volunteer who hears cases concerning less serious offences in their community courts.
Malice A wrongful act committed against another person internationally and without a valid reason.
Malpractice A failure by a professional to meet the standard of care or conduct expected of one of their status.
Mandate A command issued by a court that the recipient must obey.
Market overt A piece of land designated for use as a public market. Also known as ‘marché ouvert’ (‘open market’ in French).
Martial Law When the military take control of the government and ordinary law is suspended.
Master of the rolls A very senior judge who presides over the Court of Appeals.
Matricide The act of killing one’s own mother.
Matrimonial causes Reasons, relating to marriage, which may lead one to pursue legal action through the ecclesiastic courts.
Mediation The process of resolving a dispute between two or more parties through the involvement of an impartial party (mediator).
Mercantile law The section of the law related to trade and business transactions.
Merchantable quality A product whose quality merits the price for which it is being sold.
Mesne profits Profits of an estate that have been kept from the rightful landowner.
Messuage A house together with any attached outbuildings and land.
Misadventure An accidental death that was not caused by any criminal action.
Miscarriage of justice A legal verdict that is unjust or incorrect.
Misconduct Unlawful conduct, often carried out by a person in a position of power and authority, which adversely affects others.