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Literal Meaning

Among other things

Origin

Latin

Explanation

The above phrase is used in legal pleadings and writings to specify one example out of many possibilities. In general terms, the phrase is used to say that there are other things involved apart from those that are mentioned. It may be used, for referring to a court decision, to indicate that there were other rulings made by the court, but only a specific part is being cited. It is also used when quoting only a portion of a statute or regulation, or part of a judge’s opinion, or a document or writing.

Illustration

“The judge said, inter alia, that the original contract did not appear to be valid.” This would indicate that the apparent invalidity of the contract is just one issue brought up by the judge.

A filed suit against B and C in a district court, alleging, inter alia, a breach of contract.

Case Laws

In Liverpool & London S.P. & I Asson. … vs M.V. Sea Success I & Anr, the Supreme Court has used the above phrase in its judgment stating “One of the relevant factors for arriving at a conclusion as to whether anything would come within the expression “necessary” or not will inter alia depend upon the answer to the question as to whether the prudent owner would provide to enable a ship to perform well the functions for which she has been engaged.”

The phrase was used by the apex court in Sukhdev Singh & Ors vs Bagatram Sardar Singh, “The regulations provide inter alia for the terms and conditions of appointment and service and the scaler, of pay of employees of the Commission the time and place of meetings of the Commission, the procedure to be, followed in regard to the transaction of business at such meetings; the maintenance of minutes of meetings of the Commission and the transmission of copies thereof to the Central Government.