jus tertii

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[Latin: right of a third party]

A defence raised by a party who is sued in respect of property alleging that some third party has a better claim to the property than the claimant. The Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 provides that this is a good defence to an action in conversion, but a special procedure is laid down for the joinder of the third party in the action.

Subjects: Law.

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