Against the Peace and Dignity of the State Law and Legal Definition

Against the peace and dignity of the state is a concluding phrase in an accusation of wrongdoing or indictment. It is usually used to condemn the offending conduct. This phrase is derived from the Latin term contra pacem domini regis which means “against the peace of the Lord the King.” In ancient times, it was used in indictments and civil actions of trespass. In Starling v. State, 90 Miss. 255 (Miss. 1907), the court observed that “All indictments shall conclude with "against the peace and dignity of the state." Further in Ex parte Warnell, 606 S.W.2d 923 (Tex. Crim. App. 1980), the court observed that “An information is fatally defective when it does not conclude "Against the peace and dignity of the State." The same is true of an indictment.”