06/07/16 What’s the Difference between ‘LOCUS’ & ‘SITUS’?

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Both terms are used in law to mean “a place in which something is situated or is done.”
Examples:
Locus is the more concrete, specific term.
We hold that at the death of John Girdler’s widow, his three daughters and granddaughter held undivided equal estates tail in the locus.

Situs, to the contrary, is more abstract, with a usually broader, territorial sense of “place”.
Examples:
Such a decree ought to be entitled to full faith and credit at the situs of the land.
Holding that Mexico rather than Texas was the situs of the bank deposits furthers the general policies of the act of state doctrine.