Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    From the red title of a statute to the black body thereof.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat. From the red to the black; from the rubric or title of a statute, (which, anciently, was in red letters,) to its body, which was in the ordinary black. Tray. Lat Max.; Bell, "Rubric."

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