express colorHist. A defendant’s admission that the plaintiff has an apparent right to something coupled with an assertion that the plaintiff’s right is legally inferior to the defendant’s right to the same thing.
? This pleading was typically used in cases of trespass to land by making fictitious allegations that put the plaintiff’s ownership of the land in question. For instance, the defendant would admit that the plaintiff had shown apparent ownership of the land by possessing it but then claim that the plaintiff’s title was somehow defective, so that the plaintiff did not actually own the land. This pleading was abolished by the Common-Law Procedure Act of 1852, 15 & 16 Vict., ch. 76, ¡ì 64.
How do Chinese lawyers translate the term express color?