De Gratia Law and Legal Definition

De gratia is a Latin term which means “by the grace of God.” This phrase was often used in ruler’s titles to demonstrate that their authority was by favor or grace of divine right. It is also found used in titles of magistrates and other officers. The term was often used to show that the power of the court to be very ancient, as well as that it will be exercised on actual indictment even for murder and not confined to cases of doubt, but where the prisoners were finally convicted.