In Rem Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of In Rem, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is In Rem?

Unlike in personam (which is against a person and its property) in rem is a technical term meaning ” against a thing or property”. Any lawsuit or judgement made against the property or thing is an action “in rem”. In this case, the location of the property is important as the court can hold the trial only in the jurisdiction under which the land falls. Unlike in personam, the judgement can be against the land and not its owner.