ubi non accusator ibi non iudex

where [there is] no accuser, there [is] no judge


Thus, there can be no judgment or case if no one charges a defendant with a crime. The phrase is sometimes parodied as "where there are no police, there is no speed limit".


  • ubias soon as, when, whereas, whereby, wherein
  • nonnot
  • accusatoraccusor, plaintiff
  • ibithere
  • iudexjudge, juror