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The Rule of Liability


THE RULE OF LIABILITY. The government itself is not liable at the suit of individuals, because it is the supreme and sovereign authority, nei ther is it liable to individuals for the acts of its officers and agents. But the government may and does pro vide for adjusting and satisfying legitimate claims pre ferred against it, and unless it does so provide, there is no remedy.

So, on grounds of convenience and public policy to prevent officers of government from being interfered with in the prosecution of their official acts, they are, as a rule, protected from suits by individuals, and in general are not liable to individuals for official acts, nor for the misfeasance or positive wrongs, nor for the non feasance, negligence or omissions of duty of their offi cial subordinates.